Officer James Deese was called to the scene about a possible pedestrian being struck by a car. When he arrived, he found Katlyn Cannon, 20, was suffering from injuries suffered when she jumped from a vehicle in which the driver estimated to be going 30 mph.
Cannon was treated by the Carter County Rescue Squad and transported to Johnson City Medical Center because of head trauma.
Deese spoke with the driver of the vehicle, Harley Thomas, 20. Thomas said Cannon was his girlfriend and they had gotten into an argument over cigarettes while going down Broad Street. Thomas said Cannon wanted out of the vehicle and he slowed down to stop the vehicle in front of the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant to let her out. Thomas said that before he could stop, Cannon opened the passenger-side door and jumped out.
Chief of Police Greg Workman assisted the investigation and went to JCMC to talk with Cannon. Workman said Cannon told him they were traveling to a methadone clinic in Asheville, N.C. at the time of the altercation. She said the altercation began over a pack of cigarettes inside the vehicle.
Cannon said she was struck several times by Thomas inside the vehicle during the altercation and she jumped out in order to prevent him from striking her again.
Because of the injuries Cannon suffered when she struck the asphalt, it was difficult to determine if some of the injuries might have been caused by Thomas striking her.
The investigation is continuing.