Elizabethton teen charged after single-vehicle crash Monday
An Elizabethton teen is facing charges after a single-vehicle car crash on Monday morning.
The driver, whose name was not released by police because he is a juvenile, was issued a juvenile summons charging him with driving on a suspended license and failure to exercise due care.
According to police reports, officers of the Elizabethton Police Department were dispatched to a single-vehicle accident Monday morning around 9 near the intersection of Parkway Boulevard and Fuller Avenue.
“Upon arrival I observed a 2001 silver Volkswagen Passat was overturned on the roadside and there was a male subject lying in front of the car a few yards away,” said EPD Officer James Sexton in his report on the incident, adding that the male subject was identified as the driver of the vehicle. Sexton said he was able to speak to the driver, whom he described as “somewhat coherent”, and the male said he did not remember what had happened.
“(The driver) was not sure if he had been ejected from the vehicle or had crawled out after the crash,” Sexton said in his report.
According to Sexton, the driver was transported to Johnson City Medical Center and his mother was notified and she responded to the hospital. Sexton said he went to the hospital and spoke with the driver in the presence of the driver’s mother to attempt to gain additional information about the crash.
“(The driver) stated he remembered the rear end of the vehicle coming around as he entered the curve. (The driver) stated he then began to steer and try to correct the vehicle but overcorrected, struck an embankment and rolled the vehicle over,” Sexton said in his report, adding that the driver reported he was going 35 to 40 miles per hour at the time of the crash.
Sexton said in the report that it was determined that the driver was operating the vehicle in excess of the posted speed limit at the time of the crash.
During the investigation, police said, a check on the driver’s license was conducted which showed that his license had been previously suspended for failing to pay a traffic ticket. The driver was then issued a juvenile summons charging him with driving on a suspended license and failure to exercise due care.
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