UNICOI — An Erwin man working for an area tree-trimming service was killed Monday morning when he was struck by a vehicle while working in the Limestone Cove area of Unicoi County.
The Unicoi County Sheriff’s Department, which assisted the Tennessee Highway Patrol at the scene, identified the victim as Jamie Stevens, 32, of Erwin.
Sgt. Tommy Boone with the THP said tree-trimmers were clearing trees from power lines along Highway 107 in Unicoi, about 150 from where the highway intersects with Scioto Road. The service had set up a construction zone on the road.
The vehicle that struck Stevens was traveling eastbound on Highway 107 and had passed the crew’s work truck but had not yet cleared the construction area, Boone said. Stevens was walking up the road to the truck when he was struck, according to Boone. The incident occurred a little past 9 a.m.
Boone said the driver of the vehicle that struck Stevens told officers that the sun was in his eyes and that he was unable to see Stevens in the road. Boone said that according to a preliminary investigation, the sun is being considered a contributing factor in the single-vehicle accident.
Stevens was transported to the Johnson City Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead.
Boone said the investigation is still ongoing and the THP’s Critical Incident Response Team was on scene Monday morning to assist in the investigation.