THP: Kingsport woman involved in Knob Creek crash dies

Becky Campbell • Feb 21, 2012 at 12:47 AM

An East Tennessee State University student ejected from a vehicle that crashed in Johnson City last week died Sunday, a Tennessee Highway Patrol officer confirmed.

Sheridan N. Edwards, 18, of Kingsport, died sometime on Sunday at Johnson City Medical Center, according to THP Sgt. Diane Mays.

She was critically injured in a single-vehicle crash on Knob Creek Road near Pactolas Road Feb. 14 at 9:46 p.m.

The THP is investigating the crash because just before it occurred, the driver, Cody L. Dings, 21, also of Kingsport, was fleeing from Johnson City Police.

The pursuit began after police responded to a domestic call, JCPD Major Mark Sirois said on Monday.

“On the front end we got the information that a male was pulling a female out of the vehicle, that it was domestic in nature,” Sirois said.

The domestic call originated at University Edge Apartments, 914 W. Watauga Ave., around 9:40 p.m.

“The call came in as a male trying to pull his girlfriend out of a car,” Sirois said.

“The vehicle in question left the scene. When the first officer showed up, the vehicle drove away up to University Parkway,” Sirios said.

“That officer got behind it, but it ran the red light at University and Market. We had another officer nearby and that officer turned and tried to catch up to the vehicle.”

Dingus proceeded west on Market Street, ran another red light and turned right to head north on Knob Creek Road, according to Sirois.

The officer who saw the vehicle run the red light on Market never caught up to the car, Sirois said, but came upon the crash at Pactolas.

“They were quite a distance away from the officer when it crashed. The officer did not witness the crash.”

Sirois said all department policy and procedures were followed correctly during the incident.

“We had a female in distress. Based on the information we had on the front end, we needed to try to catch up to the vehicle,” he said.

“As a domestic disturbance and their leaving the scene, it was incumbent on us to determine if the female was injured or in distress,” Sirois said. The officers attempted to get the vehicle to stop so they could investigate, he said.

According to a JCPD crash report, the Toyota Solara struck a utility pole and embankment near Pactolas Road at 9:46 p.m. Dingus and Edwards were both ejected.

Mays said they were not wearing seat belts.

The THP investigation is continuing, she said.

“We took blood and sent it off to the lab. We’re just in a holding pattern right now.”

Both Dingus and Edwards were transported by ambulance to Johnson City Medical Center after the crash. The hospital system has not released any information about Dingus’ status.

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