Investigators at the scene of Tuesday's crash on Cooks Valley Road. Photo by Ned Jilton II
KINGSPORT — Police were investigating whether road rage may have triggered a Tuesday afternoon crash just outside of Kingsport, hospitalizing a man after his Ford Mustang was torn in half behind the driver's seat.
As of Thursday afternoon that driver, Randy A. Roller, 52, of Kingsport, remained hospitalized in good condition. A police report states he suffered a fractured neck and broken arm.
At 1:43 p.m., police responded to the wreck on Cooks Valley Road, approximately one mile west of Euclair Street. According to a Sullivan County Sheriff's Office crash report, officers found the front half of Roller's 1999 Mustang had gone through a fence and come to rest in a field. The rear half crossed the roadway and was located in a ditch on the opposite side.
It was unknown whether Roller wore a seat belt in his car, as he had already crawled from the debris when authorities arrived. He was transported to Holston Valley Medical Center by EMS, with police crash investigators and an assistant Sullivan County district attorney responding to the scene.
Our partners at the Kingsport Times-News have more on the investigation.