A medical emergency is suspected to have caused a Kingsport motorist to exit Gravely Road on Monday morning, striking a tree and a boat before coming to a stop, being transported to the hospital and pronounced dead.
Kingsport Police Department Patrolman Dustin Jackson says injuries sustained in the crash were not considered fatal by doctors, and a preexisting medical condition is likely the cause of death.
Gravely Road resident Franklin Cox, 74, is identified as the victim in the incident. At 11:37 a.m. police responded to 479 Gravely Road, The Church of Jesus Christ, where Cox's 1988 Chevrolet S-10 had entered the parking lot.
According to a witness statements to police, Cox made a controlled entrance into the parking lot of the church, then accelerated and went down an embankment. It continued through the backyard of 493 Gravely Road, where it struck a tree, and then into an adjacent driveway to strike a boat and come to a stop.
Cox and was transported to Holston Valley Hospital by Sullivan County EMS and pronounced dead at 12:12 p.m. KPD Officer Jackson says Cox had a history of medical conditions.