ROGERSVILLE — A fourth person has died from injuries sustained in a Friday night, June 29, three-vehicle crash that took place on Highway 11W west of its intersection with State Highway 66.
Tennessee Highway Patrol spokesman Sgt. Nathan Hall confirmed Thursday that David E. Kelley, Jr., 53, of Kingsport had died.
Sgt. Hall could not specify the date of Kelley’s death. But he said no charges are now pending in the case. Kelley, according to Sgt. Hall, was the “at fault” driver in the three-vehicle June 29 crash.
Three other people from Lee County, Va., also were killed in the three-vehicle crash that took place on Highway 11W in Rogersville just east of the West Main street intersection shortly after 10 p.m. Friday, June 29.
Killed outright in the three vehicle accident, according to a THP report, were: Chevrolet Cavalier driver Deborah Lynn Kimberlin, of Jonesville, Va.; and her passengers: Jimmy Kimberlin, 67, of Jonesville; and Nancy L. Kimberlin, 51, also of Jonesville.
A 14-year-old girl who also was a passenger in the Chevrolet Cavalier was injured in the collision. The THP, per its policy, did not identify her by name in the crash report.
Listed as injured in the three-vehicle crash, according to the initial THP report, were Chevrolet Silverado pickup driver David E. Kelley, Jr.; BMW sedan driver Jeremy D. Pell, 41, of Rogersville; and passenger Stephanie Pell, 34, of Rogersville.
The THP report indicated that all three of those who were killed in the Friday night crash were wearing seat belts at the time it took place. In addition, both occupants of the BMW sedan involved were wearing seat belts at the time of collision, the report stated. But pickup truck driver David E. Kelley, Jr, was not wearing a seat belt, the report indicated..
Two other serious traffic crashes took place in the same general area last year, with one of those also involving a fatality.
A preliminary crash report filed by Trooper Dylan Reid indicated that several other people were hurt in the accident.
The crash took place, according to the THP report, when a 1999 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck being driven south on U.S. Highway 11W by Kelley, 53, of Kingsport, crossed the “continuous turn lane,” that separates the northbound and southbound traffic lanes, entered into northbound traffic and sideswiped the front left of a 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier that was being driven north on Highway 11W by Deborah Lynn Kimberlin, 37, of Jonesville, Va.
The report indicated that after that initial collision, the Cavalier came to rest on the northbound shoulder of Highway 11W, while the Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck then rolled over and struck the front of a 2007 BMW 5 series four-door sedan before rolling completely over the top of the BMW.
The fatal crash, and the response to it, tied up traffic on Highway 11W for hours late Friday, June 29, and early Saturday, June 30, authorities said.
Responding to the accident, in addition to the THP, were: the Rogersville Police Department, the Rogersville Fire Department, the Hawkins Co. Rescue Squad, Hawkins Co. Emergency Medical Services (EMS), the Hawkins Co. Emergency Management Agency and units from several county volunteer fire departments.
In addition, two Wings Air Rescue helicopters responded to the accident and landed on Highway 11W near the crash scene to carry seriously injured victims to area hospitals.