Clinton motorcyclist in stable condition after Wednesday wreck

UT Lifestar Helicopter

A University of Tennessee Lifestar helicopter flies Clinton motorcyclist Kevin Eric Gross to UT Medical Center in Knoxville after a Wednesday morning accident on Highway 61.

A Clinton man flown to a Knoxville hospital by a medical helicopter after a Wednesday morning motorcycle accident was listed in stable condition Thursday afternoon, a spokeswoman said.

Kevin Eric Gross, 18, was riding east on a Yamaha XV5 motorcycle on Highway 61 between Oak Ridge and Clinton when he struck a Chrysler PT Cruiser pulling out of the Rocky Top gas station at Mariner Point at about 10:50 a.m., an accident report said.

The car was driven by Carl David O’Neal, 56, of Oak Ridge. He said he was turning left onto Highway 61 to head west as an eastbound vehicle pulling a trailer was turning into the Rocky Top parking lot, according to the report. O’Neal told Clinton police his vision was blocked, and he pulled into traffic to start traveling west when Gross hit his driver’s side door.

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