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KPD sorts through conflicting statements in fatal crash

September 19th, 2013 3:27 pm by Rain Smith

KPD sorts through conflicting statements in fatal crash

Kingsport police have yet to identify a woman who crossed into oncoming traffic on Saturday at 104 mph — igniting a head-on collision that killed both her and another driver — and continue weeding through conflicting witness statements about the incident.

KPD Public Information Officer Tom Patton says confirmation of the woman's identity has yet to come from the medical examiner's office, and police want to be absolutely certain before they announce it to the public. He said that's the only factor in the delay.

At approximately 8:15 p.m. the crash occurred on Fort Henry Drive, near South Street. A fire ignited by the collision burned her Acura so badly that police can't identify its exact model.

The woman's car struck an SUV driven by Walter Tony Bellamy, 58, of Kingsport. He died Wednesday.

As of Thursday afternoon one of his passengers, Angela K. Bellamy, 51, was in fair condition at Holston Valley Medical Center. The other, Colton S. Bellamy, 20, had been discharged.

Patton said investigators have gathered numerous stories and witness statements regarding the incident — with many of those accounts conflicting. He said determinations on the Acura driver's mental or medical state, where she was heading or may have been are yet to be made. 

The medical examiner will perform toxicology tests on the woman's body. Patton said it will take between four and six weeks to get those results.

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