CLAXTON—A Knoxville man was charged with vehicular assault and driving under the influence after a two-vehicle crash injured three people on Clinton Highway on Thursday, authorities said.
Scott Gray, 26, of Knoxville, also faces eight more charges that allege additional violations: open container, simple possession of Schedule IV drugs, drug paraphernalia, due care, improper turn, failure to yield, financial responsibility, and a registration violation, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, which investigated the crash. The DUI offense is a second offense, according to a THP preliminary crash report.
The THP responded to the crash on Clinton Highway at Mehaffey Road at 5:27 p.m. Thursday. Mehaffey Road is a short drive past Edgemoor Road headed toward Knoxville on Clinton Highway. Headed toward Knoxville, it’s near the beginning of a hilly, curvy stretch of Clinton Highway that winds into Knox County from Anderson County.
Authorities said Gray was driving north on Clinton Highway in a 1993 Eagle Vision sedan when he turned into the path of a southbound 2015 Jeep Grand Cherokee sport utility vehicle driven by Kimberly Williamson, 32, of Knoxville.
The SUV driven by Williamson hit the car driven by Gray.
The passenger side of the Vision had significant damage, and Gray’s passenger, Jessica Miner, 23, of Heiskell, was flown by a Lifestar medical helicopter to the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville.
Gray was taken to the UT emergency room by ambulance, the THP said.
Williamson had minor injuries, and she was taken in a personal vehicle to Tennova North, where she was treated and released, authorities said.
Williamson and Gray were both wearing seat belts, the THP said. Miner was not, according to the preliminary crash report.
The THP said charges are also pending against Miner.
Williamson will not be charged, the THP said.
On Friday morning, Susan Wyatt, UT Medical Center spokesperson, said Gray has been discharged, and no information is available on Miner.
The Thursday crash was investigated by THP Trooper Isaiah Lloyd. The THP Critical Incident Response Team, or CIRT, responded to the scene. The THP Criminal Investigation Division, or CID, helped as well.
Also responding were the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department, Anderson County EMS, Anderson County Rescue Squad, and Claxton Volunteer Fire Department.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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