A 22-year-old Oak Ridge man was taken by ambulance to a Knoxville hospital after he allegedly ran a stop sign and hit a city-owned pickup truck on Friday, authorities said.
Nathan D. Benvenuto was driving east on Hillside Road in a 1991 GMC compact utility vehicle when he ran the stop sign at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue at about 11:26 a.m. Friday, an Oak Ridge Police Department report said.
Benvenuto’s vehicle collided with a 2012 Ford pickup truck owned by the City of Oak Ridge and driven by Timothy Lynn Ward, 46, also of Oak Ridge. Ward was driving southbound on Pennsylvania Avenue at the time of the crash.
“(Benvenuto’s vehicle) did not stop for the stop sign on Hillside Road at Pennsylvania Avenue and entered the intersection in front of (the pickup truck driven by Ward), which did not have time to stop and collided with (Benvenuto’s vehicle),” said the crash report, written by ORPD Officer Daniel Freytag.
Benvenuto was taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville for the treatment of his injuries. He was interviewed at the hospital and said he “did not remember anything after getting out of bed this morning,” Freytag reported.
Benvenuto was cited for failing to yield the right of way.
The report said Ward and his two passengers—Jerry Dale Fink, 40, and Charles Derek Goins, 25—were using safety equipment (shoulder and lap belts) and were not injured.
Police blocked all traffic lanes in the area until the crash was cleared Friday.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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