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Update: Vehicle goes off road twice during fatal Johnson City crash

May 13th, 2013 5:02 pm by Staff Report

Update: Vehicle goes off road twice during fatal Johnson City crash

Johnson City police on Monday released the name of a woman killed Sunday in a crash on College Heights Road and asked for the public’s help for information about events leading to the crash.
Tiara C. Johnson, 21, 480 Manville Road, Gate City, Va., died at Johnson City Medical Center after the single-vehicle crash in the 1300 block of College Heights that occurred about 1 p.m.
Police said Johnson’s vehicle ran off the road and struck a tree near the road. Police initially had withheld her identity pending notification of kin.
According to the report, Johnson, who was travelling east, overcorrected prior to a sharp left-hand curve, causing the vehicle to go off the left side of the road, through a downhill patch of grass then into a tree.
Before entering the curve, the vehicle reportedly left the right side of the road and ran up an embankment.
Police asked anyone with information about Johnson’s whereabouts and activities prior to the crash to call Sgt. Jim Tallmadge at 434-5741. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 434-6158 or send a confidential tip by texting 423JCPD and the tip to 847411.
Johnson’s wreck was the second fatal crash in Johnson City and the third in the Tri-Cities in a matter of days.
Thursday just before 10 a.m., a fatal crash occurred on the Bristol Highway at Wayfield Drive. Police determined a 1999 Oldsmobile’s driver had pulled onto the highway from Wayfield into the path of a 1998 Acura, which was going north.
The Oldsmobile was driven by Patsy A. Griffith, 80, 1036 Estate Drive. The Acura was driven by Dora P. Malone, 80, 1160 Timber Ridge Road, Bluff City. Both drivers were taken to JCMC for treatment of their injuries. On Sunday, Griffith died at Veterans Administration Medical Center from her crash injuries. Police said the investigation was complete and no charges were expected.
And on Saturday, two women were killed in a head-on crash on Interstate 26 in Kingsport. One of the drivers was traveling the wrong way on I-26.
The incident occurred just before 9 p.m. near mile marker 2. Police said Lisa M. West, 40, of 380 Crawford Road, was driving a 1999 Toyota Camry west on the eastbound lanes of I-26.
West’s car hit a 2002 Toyota Camry traveling the correct direction on interstate, driven by Laura S. Duncan, 45, of 701 Westwood Circle, Kingsport. The head-on collision killed both Duncan and West. Police said neither woman was wearing a seatbelt.

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