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17-year-old Lynn Garden Drive crash victim dies

December 5th, 2013 8:02 pm by Wes Bunch

17-year-old Lynn Garden Drive crash victim  dies

KINGSPORT — A Church Hill teenager died Wednesday  from injuries he received in a multiple-vehicle car crash that occurred last weekend in Lynn Garden.

The Kingsport Police Department confirmed the teenager’s death early Thursday evening.

The 17-year-old boy, whose identity has not been released, was pronounced dead at approximately 11:50 a.m. Wednesday at Holston Valley Medical Center, where he had been receiving treatment for injuries sustained in the Nov. 30 crash.

Authorities identified trauma as the cause of death.

Kingsport Police Department Public Information Officer Tom Patton said investigators also uncovered new information that a third vehicle was involved in the accident.

“Investigators knew about the third vehicle since the day of the crash; however, they had been misled to believe that it had been involved in a separate unrelated collision,” Patton said. “As the facts unfolded, it became apparent that it was in reality a third vehicle in this crash, and actually caused it.”

Patton said the previous report, which was based on a preliminary investigation of facts known and evidence available at the time of the crash, indicated that only two vehicles were involved.

The investigation remained open, Patton said, because several factors surrounding the case “simply did not add up.”

The driver of the third vehicle involved in the crash — a 2001 Chevy S-10 pickup — was identified as Jerry Wayne Patrick, 61, of Hiltons, Va. Patrick was not injured in the accident.

Patton said charges are pending in the case, but declined to comment further due to the ongoing investigation.

According to police reports, KPD officers were dispatched at approximately 4:15 p.m. Saturday  to the scene of the accident, which occurred at the Echo Drive intersection on Lynn Garden Drive.

Authorities said the 17-year-old was driving a 1989 GMC Jimmy northbound on Lynn Garden just prior to the crash, as was Patrick, who had pulled his truck onto the right shoulder of the road.

Patrick made an illegal U-turn just as the GMC passed, authorities said, striking it on the passenger side.

The impact reportedly sent the GMC into a clockwise yaw across the center lane of Lynn Garden and into the oncoming southbound lanes of traffic and directly into the path of a southbound 2009 Pontiac G6 driven by Elesha H. Byrd, 24, of Church Hill.

Byrd received critical, but non-life-threatening injuries in the collision.

She was also transported to Holston Valley for treatment before being released several days later.

Authorities said Patrick’s vehicle was solely responsible for causing the crash.

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