KINGSPORT — A Blountville woman was listed in serious condition at a Kingsport hospital following a two-vehicle collision that occurred Monday on Fort Henry Drive.
Elise A. Kiser, 53, was identified by the Kingsport Police Department as the driver of a 2007 Ford Focus involved in the crash. Kiser was listed in serious condition Monday night at Holston Valley Hospital.
The second person involved in the wreck, Michael A. Bryant, 34, Kingsport, was not injured in the accident.
According to the KPD Traffic Unit — which was called into investigate due to the severity of Kiser’s injuries — the wreck occurred at about 5:30 p.m. at the intersection of Atoka Lane and Fort Henry Drive in front of Walmart.
A KPD spokesman said Kiser was in the southbound center turn lane of Fort Henry Drive when she attempted to make a left turn onto Atoka.
Police said that for reasons unknown, Kiser pulled in front of a Bryant’s 2003 Ford F-150, which was traveling in the left northbound lane of Fort Henry.
Kiser was reportedly not wearing a seat belt when the collision took place, police said.
Bryant, who was wearing a seat belt at the time of the wreck, said his traffic light was green when Kiser pulled in front of him.
An investigation into the incident is ongoing and being conducted by officer Dustin Jackson of the KPD traffic unit.
Monday’s wreck was the third serious collision to occur on a half-mile stretch of Fort Henry Drive near Walmart since September, when a fiery collision left two people dead. Another person was killed a week later in a crash that took place at the intersection of Fort Henry Drive and Thornton Drive.
KPD Public Information Officer Tom Patton said the department encourages all motor vehicle occupants to wear seat belts.
“Not only is it the law, but it could quite possibly be the difference in life or death in the event of a serious car crash,” Patton said. “Even in seemingly minor collisions, wearing a seat belt can mean the difference in walking away unscathed versus a senseless trip to the emergency room for easily preventable injuries.”