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Updated at 5:55 p.m.
KINGSPORT — A two vehicle accident on Fort Henry Drive claimed the life of a motorcycle driver on Saturday afternoon.
The accident took place shortly after noon at the intersection of Fort Henry and Atoka Lane in front of Walmart.
According to a press release from the Kingsport Police Department, Kimberly S. Wieger, 53, of Blountville, was driving a 2011 Hyundai Sonata north on Fort Henry Drive, preparing to turn left into the Walmart parking lot.
A 1998 Kawasaki motorcycle, driven by Samuel A. Ireson Jr., 23, of Kingsport, was southbound on Fort Henry Drive.
Both vehicles had a green light, however, Wieger turned her Hyundai into the path of the motorcycle, according to the release.
The motorcycle struck the Hyundai in the passenger’s side rear door, sending both the motorcycle and Ireson airborne. Upon impact, the Hyundai ignited in flames, according to the release.
Wieger sustained non-life threatening injuries and was transported to Holston Valley Medical Center by Sullivan County EMS. Ireson received fatal injuries.
The crash is still under investigation by the KPD Traffic Unit, and possible charges are pending.
KINGSPORT – A two vehicle accident on Fort Henry Drive Saturday afternoon has claimed the life of a motorcycle driver.
The accident took place shortly after noon on Saturday at the intersection of Fort Henry and Atoka Lane, in front of the Walmart Supercenter.
Officer Matt McGuire with the Kingsport Police Department said the driver of a Honda car was traveling north on Fort Henry, entered the turn lane at Atoka and turned into the path of a motorcycle traveling south on Fort Henry.
McGuire said the driver of the Honda had a “green ball” on the traffic signal.
The motorcycle struck the Honda and flipped over the car, strewing debris all across the intersection.
The Honda then caught fire, likely from the ruptured gasoline tank on the motorcycle, McGuire said.
The driver of the motorcycle suffered fatal injuries and died on the way to Holston Valley Medical Center. McGuire said the driver of the Honda was also transported to HVMC with non life-threatening injuries.
The identities of the drivers have not been released and police have not determined yet if charges are going to be placed.
McGuire said more information would be released later today.