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KPD releases identity of woman killed in fiery wreck

September 22nd, 2013 1:06 pm by Wes Bunch

KPD releases identity of woman killed in fiery wreck

This contributed photo from the Kingsport Police Department shows the two vehicles involved in a fiery wreck on Fort Henry Drive the night of Sept. 14.

KINGSPORT — The Kingsport Police Department released the identity Sunday of a woman who was killed last week in a fiery wreck on Fort Henry Drive.

Dena Marie Riddle, 43, of Kingsport, was identified by the state medical examiner as the driver of a 2002 Acura RSX coupe that was involved in the accident, which left another man dead and two people critically injured.

The head-on collision occurred at approximately 8:15 p.m. on Sept. 14. 

KPD crash reconstructionists said Riddle's vehicle was traveling 104 mph on Fort Henry Drive when it crossed the center lane into oncoming traffic and struck a Ford Expedition. Both vehicles burst into flames shortly after the accident.

Riddle died at the scene of the crash, according to Kingsport police.

The driver of the Ford — Walter T. Bellamy, 58 — died Sept. 17 as a result of injuries he sustained in the wreck. The passengers in the SUV — Angela K. Bellamy, 51, and Colton S. Bellamy, 20 — were transported to Holston Valley Medical Center after receiving serious injuries in the crash.

KPD Public Information Officer Tom Patton said investigators are continuing to sort through statements from witnesses, friends and family of those involved in the accident.

Patton said they are awaiting toxicology results before making a final determination as to what factors may have contributed to the crash. It could take anywhere from four to six weeks before the results of those tests are released from the state forensic lab.

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