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Police: Extremely drunk woman caused fatal Fort Henry crash

December 19th, 2013 12:36 pm by Rain Smith

Police: Extremely drunk woman caused fatal Fort Henry crash

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Police say the driver who crossed the center line of Fort Henry Drive while traveling more than 100 mph this September — igniting a fiery, head-on collision that killed both her and another motorist — was extremely intoxicated when the incident occurred.

According to Kingsport Police Department Public Information Officer Tom Patton, pathology reports have revealed Dena Marie Riddle, 43, had a blood alcohol content of .254 — more than three times the legal limit.

The head-on collision occurred at approximately 8:15 p.m. on Sept. 14 when Riddle's northbound 2002 Acura RSX struck a southbound Ford Expedition.

The driver of the SUV, Walter Tony Bellamy, suffered critical injuries in the crash and died three days later at Holston Valley Medical Center. Bellamy's wife and son were passengers in the vehicle and survived serious injuries.

Riddle's cause of death has been listed as multiple blunt force trauma sustained in the crash.

Kingsport police have determined her excessive speed and extreme levels of impairment were the two major contributing factors to the crash. With Riddle now deceased, no charges will be filed.

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