Details of the Fatal Accident
Police say Edward Stephenson, 29, traveled northbound on Robert C. Jackson Drive when he attempted to pass another vehicle. During the pass attempt, Stephenson traveled into the southbound lanes and into oncoming traffic, striking another vehicle head-on.
The collision between the two vehicles sent Stephenson’s SUV back into the northbound lanes, crashing into the car he just tried to pass. The Daily Times reports that all three vehicles sustained significant damage in the collision.
Trinity Wallace, 43, the driver of the vehicle first hit by Stephenson, died in the crash after being airlifted to University of Tennessee Hospital. A 14-year-old passenger in Wallace’s vehicle received treatment at UT Hospital. Stephenson and a 22-year-old passenger suffered from injuries and received treatment at Blount Memorial Hospital and UT Hospital, respectively.
Ryan McKenzie, the driver of the third vehicle, did not receive injuries in the crash. The investigation into the circumstances of the wreck are still ongoing, according to The Daily Times.
Motor Vehicle Traffic Accidents
The following information is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
- 5,092 people died in crashes on U.S. roadways in 2015.
- 2,348 more people died in motor vehicle crashes in 2015 than in 2014 – a 7.2 percent increase.
- Police-reported injury crashes increased by 67,000 in 2015 from 2014.
- The number of passenger vehicle occupants injured in motor vehicle accidents increased by 107,000 – or 5.2 percent.