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KPD seeking witnesses in crash that killed former state representative Michael Locke

June 27th, 2014 2:55 pm by Nick Shepherd

KPD seeking witnesses in crash that killed former state representative Michael Locke

These four images show the vehicles potential witnesses were driving during the time of hit-and-run accident. Full images can be found at the bottom of the article (photos provided by KPD)

Kingsport police are searching for witnesses to a fatal crash that killed a former state representative and prominent Kingsport businessman.

Michael K. Locke, 61, was killed on June 23 while placing campaign signs for Bud Hulsey's campaign, for which he was chairman. Police say that while Locke was placing the signs on Fort Henry Drive, a 2003 GMC Yukon veered from the traffic lane and struck him. The impact knocked Locke off the bridge and into a ravine approximately 20 feet below.

The vehicle was driven by James D. Hamm Jr., Kingsport, according to police. They say Hamm fled the scene at the time but was later arrested. He was charged with vehicular homicide by intoxication, driving under the influence, leaving the scene of a motor vehicle collision involving a fatality and failure to maintain proper control of a vehicle.

According to a KPD press release, investigators have already spoken with numerous individuals who witnessed various elements of the crash, but KPD investigators are asking for the public's help in locating four very specific witnesses. These witnesses could possibly provide valuable information to the case, according to KPD Public Information Officer Tom Patton.

Traffic cameras in the area captured four different vehicles traveling southbound on Fort Henry Drive, passing through the Moreland Drive intersection. All four of these vehicles were almost certainly passing through at the time Locke was hit because the intersection is within one-tenth of a mile of where he was killed, Patton said.

The four vehicles are a dark colored Chevrolet four-door sedan, a dark colored Ford Mustang, a red Ford F-250 pickup truck and a two-tone dark colored over silver Mitsubishi Montero sport utility vehicle.

Anyone who drives a vehicle similar to those listed above and who was in the area of Fort Henry Drive and Moreland Drive shortly before 8 p.m. on Monday is asked to contact the KPD Traffic Unit at 423-224-2750 or Kingsport Central Dispatch at 423-246-9111 as soon as possible.

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