Hawkins woman remains critical from Monday head-on crash

Jeff Bobo • Jun 2, 2016 at 8:30 PM

CHURCH HILL – An elderly Hawkins County woman remains in critical condition on Thursday stemming from a head-on collision Monday on Goshen Valley Road allegedly caused by an intoxicated driver.

According to a Tennessee Highway Patrol report, the wreck occurred shortly before 3:30 p.m. Monday, on Goshen Valley Road near the Christians Bend Road intersection.

A 2003 Ford Taurus driven by John Patterson, 81, of Church Hill, was traveling south on Goshen Valley Road, while two vehicles, a 2002 Chevy Avalanche and a 1998 Honda Civic were approaching in the northbound lanes.

The THP report states that the Honda, driven by Jacob Edwards, 21, of Kingsport, attempted to pass the Avalanche in a no passing zone, and struck the Avalanche in the rear.

The Honda then reportedly continued north, crossing the center line and striking the Taurus head-on.

John Patterson was treated and released Monday from Holston Valley Medical Center.

Patterson's passenger, Lois Patterson, 86, was listed in critical condition on Thursday at HVMC.

Edwards and his passenger, Raven Kiser, 25, of Kingsport, were also injured, although the HVMC wasn't able to release information about Edwards’ condition on Thursday. Kiser was treated and released on Wednesday.

Edwards will be charged with vehicular assault, DUI, improper passing, failure to maintain due care, driving left of center, no insurance and registration violation.

Kiser will be charged with possession of Schedule II narcotics, DUI by consent, possession of drug paraphernalia, and no seat belt.

No injuries were reported for the driver of the Avalanche, Eric Leroy Spencer, 31, of Rogersville, or his passengers, Robert R. Salisbury, 76, of Rogersville, and 10-year-old Eric Spencer.                  

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