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Update: Driver faces child restraint charges in rollover crash

September 4th, 2013 12:25 pm by Rain Smith

Update: Driver faces child restraint charges in rollover crash

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Update: 2:55 p.m.

KPD Public Information Officer Tom Patton has identified the driver of the vehicle as Andrew Johnson, 25, of 120 Mullins Street.

Police say Johnson faces multiple charges in the incident, including three counts of violating child restraint laws.

He was also driving on a suspended license and had no insurance, while an inspection of the vehicle's brakes revealed they didn't meet the minimum thickness required by law.

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Police are investigating the crash of an SUV loaded with six people — including four children, one an infant, — after it crossed Lynn Garden Drive and flipped into the yard of a residence.

Charges are pending in the incident, with injuries to the occupants categorized as non-life-threatening.

The crash occurred at approximately 11 a.m. on Glen Avenue. Kingsport Police Officer Dustin Jackson reports the male driver of the Ford Explorer alleges his brakes failed as he was traveling down a steep grade on Mullins Street, positioned diagonally across Lynn Garden Drive.

Jackson says the vehicle exited Mullins, crossed all lanes of Lynn Garden, and struck a curb at the corner of Glen Avenue. It then flipped and came to rest in a yard approximately 15 feet from the back of a home.

Resident Carl Newman was on his front porch when the SUV crashed and tore down a portion of his chainlink fence. He was accompanied by his 2-year-old granddaughter when the Explorer overturned, just to the left of his vantage point.

"I had just sat down in the chair when they came down the road," said Newman, motioning across Lynn Garden to Mullins Street. "Man, they was hauling. You could tell they were fighting it, trying to control it (before hitting the curb)."

Kingsport fire and EMS personnel joined police to work the scene. As a tow truck flipped the SUV right side up, a large amount of children's toys, stuffed bags and other miscellaneous items spilled from the vehicle.

Jackson says the SUV was overloaded with goods and people, although the infant inside was properly restrained.

All six occupants were transported to the hospital by ambulance. Police say a laceration to the head of the driver appears to be the most serious injury. 

Kingsport police are continuing to investigate the incident, with charges pending.

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