An Oak Ridge man remained in critical condition at a Knoxville hospital on Tuesday after a Monday morning crash that killed his son, authorities said.
Joseph Eatherly, 61, of Oak Ridge, was taken by Rural/Metro Ambulance Service to the University of Tennessee Medical Center after the crash on southbound Alcoa Highway at Airport Hilton. The two-vehicle crash killed Eatherly’s son, Eric Eatherly, 35, of Hixson, the Alcoa Police Department said.
The APD said the accident occurred at 6:37 a.m. Monday when Joseph Eatherly tried to make a U-turn from the right-hand lane of Alcoa Highway.
“According to witnesses, as Joseph Eatherly made a U-turn to the left, his 2012 Chevrolet Corvette was struck by a 2004 Ford Escape driven by (Beth) Beard,” the APD said in a news release.
The release said Eric Heatherly, a passenger in the Corvette, was pronounced dead due to injuries sustained during the crash. Beard, a Knoxville resident, received non-life threatening injuries during the crash and was also being treated at UT Medical Center.
The APD said the Eatherlys were not wearing seat belts, but Beard was.
“The investigation into the crash is ongoing,” the news release said.
More information will be added as it becomes available.