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Knoxville Teen Arrested After Fatal Crash On I-40

A multi-vehicle crash along I-40 east near Papermill Drive resulted in the death of a woman, according to Knoxville police.

Details of the Fatal Knoxville Accident

Officers say Andrea Huerta, 19, the driver of a black Nissan, lost control of her vehicle which then hit a guardrail. Huerta was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators do not believe she was wearing a seat belt.

The Nissan also hit a gold Ford Taurus that was also traveling east on I-40. The driver of the Taurus, Christian Hernando-Castillo, tried to flee the scene on foot and was arrested shortly after by Knoxville Police Department officers.

Castillo, 18, is charged with failure to report a crash, no proof of insurance, leaving the scene of an accident involving death, and driving without a driver’s license. He is being detained at the Roger D. Wilson Detention Facility.

Three lanes of I-40 were closed through the night while officers investigated the crash. All lanes of the interstate are now back open. KPD‘s Crash Reconstruction Investigators are continuing to investigate.

National Auto Accident Statistics

The following information is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):

  • 35,092 people died in motor vehicle wrecks on U.S. roadways in 2015, an increase of 7.2 percent from 2014.
  • An estimated 2.44 million people suffered injuries in motor vehicle accidents in 2015.
    • 105,000 more people sustained injuries in crashes in 2015 compared to 2014.
  • Fatal multiple-vehicle crashes increased by 11.2 percent from 2014.

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