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Update: Police say drugs played part in Monday afternoon crash

June 30th, 2014 4:15 pm by Max Hrenda

Update: Police say drugs played part in Monday afternoon crash

The crash at 4137 Bristol Hwy. was reported about 3:30. Injuries were reported. (Max Hrenda/Johnson City Press)

Police said the driver of a pickup truck that crashed into a light pole and hospitalized five people, including three juveniles, was under the influence of narcotics.

On Tuesday, Johnson City police issued an arrest warrant for Kimberly Dawn Wolford, 37, 18089 Rich Valley Road, Abingdon, Virginia, one day after she, another man and three children — a 14-year-old and two 8-year-olds — were found at the scene of a single-vehicle accident that occurred on Bristol Highway, near the entrance to Winged Deer Park.

All five were transported to Johnson City Medical Center for treatment of possible or non-incapacitating injuries, according to the JCPD crash report. As of Tuesday night, Mountain States Health Alliance Communications Manager Teresa Hicks said Wolford was in stable condition, while the other four were not listed as patients.

In the crash report, police said officers arrived at the scene at around 3:34 Monday afternoon to see workers with the Johnson City Fire Department and Washington County/Johnson City EMS extricating one of the 8-year-old children from the wreckage. Police said the pickup, a 2006 Ford F-150, left the roadway, struck a light pole — which was knocked over as a result — overturned, and landed on its driver’s side in a drainage ditch on the side of the road. Rescue workers were seen cutting off the pickup’s roof during the extrication process.

Police said witness statements indicated the driver, who they determined to be Wolford, appeared to lose control of the pickup while she was driving south on Bristol Highway with Christopher Alan Wilson, 38, of Oakwood, Virginia, and the three juveniles riding as passengers. Witness statements, police said, indicated Wolford drove up behind a vehicle in the right lane at a high rate of speed. As she attempted to pass that vehicle on the left, police said, she almost came into contact with another vehicle that was in the left turn lane.

When Wolford moved to avoid striking that vehicle, police said, she overcorrected, and the F-150 spun across the right lane, crashed into the light pole and came to a stop in the drainage ditch. None of the five people were ejected from the truck, police said, and two of them — Wilson and the trapped 8-year-old — were recorded as sustaining non-incapacitating injuries. Wolford and the other two children were taken to JCMC, police said, for possible injuries sustained in the crash.

After Wolford was taken to JCMC, police said, when the investigating officer interviewed her at the hospital, he noted her speech was she had difficulty focusing on the crash. Wolford later told the officer, police said, that she had taken “several prescription medications” earlier that day. The officer added, police said, that Wolford thought she was in Bristol or Abingdon during her interview.

Police said Wolford agreed to a chemical test to determine her level of intoxication. The warrant charges her with driving under the influence, reckless endangerment, and violation of financial responsibility law. Police planned to arrest her upon her discharge from JCMC.

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Reported on Monday: 

Details are still pending on a single-vehicle accident that occurred near Winged Deer Park that may have resulted in five people being hospitalized.

At around 3:30 Monday afternoon, Johnson City police officers, firefighters, and Washington County/Johnson City EMS workers responded to 4137 Bristol Highway, where a silver Ford pickup had left the roadway and overturned.

Rescue workers found the vehicle tilted up on its driver's side, as well as a light pole that had been knocked over as the vehicle left the road. 

At the scene, rescue workers were seen placing what appeared to be three juveniles in neck braces and carrying them away on stretchers. Rescue workers extricated a fourth individual from the vehicle as it laid on its side by removing the roof and removing him or her on a stretcher.

A police officer at the scene indicated that a fifth individual may have been taken from the scene before Press staff arrived, but that information was not confirmed.

As of Monday evening, police said the incident report had yet to be completed, and the details about the incident itself, including the statuses of the individuals involved in the crash, could not be released.

Check back here for more details on this story as they emerge.

Earlier report posted at 4:15 p.m.:

Update: Police said four people in a family were freed from a single-vehicle Bristol Highway crash this afternoon.

The crash at 4137 Bristol Highway was reported about 3:30 p.m.

Children and adults were taken to Johnson City Medical Center after extrication.

One man remained trapped awhile but crews freed him shortly after 4 p.m.

Keep visiting for details as they become available.


Earlier report posted at 4:06 p.m.:

Southbound traffic on the Bristol Highway has been reduced to a single lane as authorities an secure accident scene.

The crash at 4137 Bristol Hwy. was reported about 3:30. Injuries were reported.

Rescue crews were working to extricate one man trapped inside the vehicle. The roof had been cut off. 

Johnson City police responded.

Keep visiting for details as they become available.

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