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UPDATE: KPD identifies victim in weekend's fatal wreck on Fort Henry Drive

September 22nd, 2013 1:52 pm by Jeff Bobo

UPDATE: KPD identifies victim in weekend's fatal wreck on Fort Henry Drive

UPDATE: 11:04 a.m.

Melissa A. Lambert, 41, Kingsport, was killed in the crash when her vehicle was struck in the driver’s side by a Jeep that allegedly ran a red light.

The accident occurred less than a quarter of a mile from another fatal accident that occurred on Fort Henry Drive the previous Saturday. The Sept. 14 head-on collision took the lives of two people.

Shortly before 6 p.m. Saturday the Kingsport Police Department was dispatched to a four-vehicle crash with injuries on Fort Henry Drive at the intersection of Thornton Drive.

According to a report released by KPD accident investigator Dale Farmer, a 1999 Jeep Cherokee driven by Jeremy Sturgill, 36, of Jonesville, Va., with a juvenile passenger, was northbound on Ft. Henry Drive in the inside lane and was approaching the intersection of Thornton Drive.

A 2005 Chevrolet Malibu was westbound on Thornton Drive, preparing to cross Ft. Henry Drive once the traffic signal changed from red to green.

At that point the signal on Fort Henry Drive reportedly changed from green to red, signaling traffic to stop.

According to Farmer, when the signal on Thornton Drive changed from to red to green, the Chevrolet entered the intersection.

"The Jeep Cherokee failed to stop for the red signal, entered the intersection, and struck the Chevrolet on the left side," Farmer stated in his report. "After the impact, the Jeep Cherokee rotated counter-clockwise and came to rest across the northbound traffic lanes."

Farmer added, "The Chevrolet rotated counter-clockwise and struck a 2010 Honda Accord that was southbound on Fort Henry Drive and temporarily stopped for the signal at Thornton Drive."

The Honda was driven by Angela Hayes, 43, with passenger, Michael Hayes, 46, both of Kingsport.

After this second impact the Chevrolet rolled backward in the southbound lanes of Fort Henry Drive and experienced a third impact when it struck a 2013 Jeep Patriot driven by George Williams, 54, of Jonesborough, with passenger, Eric Black, 40, of Johnson City, that was stopped behind the Honda.

Lambert was transported to Holston Valley Medical Center, and died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash. 

Sturgill and the juvenile passenger from the Jeep Cherokee were transported to Holston Valley Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The occupants of the Honda and the Jeep Patriot were not injured.

All seven occupants of all four vehicles involved were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.

The crash investigation is being conducted by the Kingsport Police Department Traffic Unit. Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

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