ROGERSVILLE — As of mid-day Wednesday, charges were pending against the driver of the other vehicle in connection with a head-on collision that resulted in the death of a 43-year-old Rogersville woman late Tuesday evening.
A preliminary report filed by Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Jeremy Shelton indicated that Beth A. Henegar died May 31, 2016 when the 2002 Saturn sedan she was driving south on Hwy. 11W was hit head-on by a 1994 Chevrolet pickup that was allegedly being driven north in the southbound lanes of the four-lane highway by Jeffery D. Jones, 20, of Rogersville.
The crash occurred about 11 p.m. and closed a section of the highway for more than three hours while authorities investigated and cleaned up the accident scene.
THP said that Henegar’s southbound car was hit head-on by the wrong-way suspected drunk driver on Hwy. 11W near its intersection with Jackson Road on the western side of Rogersville.
The report indicated that the truck flipped onto its top and came to rest in the southbound traffic lanes. Henegar’s car was jolted into the northbound lanes.
Jones was listed as “injured” and the report indicated that he was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the collision.
Henegar was wearing her seatbelt, Trooper Shelton’s report said.
Drinking was suspected and a test to determine Jones’ blood-alcohol level, if any, was ordered, the report stated.
A THP spokesperson told the Review shortly before noon on Wednesday that “charges are pending” in the crash but said that he was unable, at that time, to provide more specific information on the exact nature of the charges.
As of mid-day Wednesday Jones was hospitalized in “good” condition at Holston Valley Medical Center, at Kingsport, a hospital spokesperson told the Review.
Two medical helicopters reportedly landed near the scene of the accident.
A family member told the Review that Henegar’s dog was also killed in the crash.