One person died in a motorcycle crash on State Route 61 in Oliver Springs on Wednesday, authorities said.
The single-vehicle crash killed Nakomia Joseph, 40, of Knoxville. She was a passenger in the custom “trike” motorcycle, according to a fatality report from the Tennessee Highway Patrol.
The crash was reported at about 7:21 p.m. Wednesday, the THP said.
The motorcycle was driven by Timothy Joseph, 38, of Clinton, and it was headed west on State Route 61 when an unknown object or animal “interrupted the vehicle’s path,” the THP said.
The motorcycle went off the left side of the roadway and through a grassy area before crossing a paved driveway. The motorcycle hit a utility pole, which threw the driver and passenger from the vehicle. It continued until it hit a chain link fence, the report said.
Neither Joseph is suspected of drinking or using drugs, according to the THP, and tests have not been requested, which is unusual in a fatal crash.
Both driver and passenger were wearing helmets, the report said.
No citations have been issued, and criminal charges are not expected.
The crash was investigated by THP Trooper Aaron McGhee.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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