UPDATED: Suspect arrested, charged in pedestrian hit-and-run death in Colonial Heights

Rick Wagner • Jun 15, 2019 at 12:25 AM

KINGSPORT — A city man has been arrested and charged with vehicular homicide and six other offenses following the death of a Virginia woman as the result of a Friday night hit-and-run in Colonial Heights.

According to a release from the Kingsport Police Department, a red 2007 Toyota Yaris, driven by Joseph C. Dick, 60, was northbound on Fort Henry Drive when it struck a pedestrian, Brenda L. Tyree, 71, Rocky Mount, as she was crossing the road in the 4200 block at about 9:45.

Rather than stop to render aid, police said, Dick fled to the parking lot of a nearby business, where he stopped to inspect the damage to his vehicle, as allegedly shown in an image police shared Friday night to aid in the search for the suspect.

“Mr. Dick tore loose a dangling front bumper cover, discarded it in the grass, and then completely fled the area in his vehicle. Ms. Tyree was critically injured in the collision and was transported to a hospital by Sullivan County EMS for emergency medical treatment. She succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced deceased shortly after arriving at the hospital,” the police statement said.

However, the release said officers were quickly able to track down Dick at his residence, 1444 Warpath Drive, where his damaged vehicle was found parked in his driveway. Police conducted an extensive investigation, including an inspection of the vehicle, a review of the statements of multiple eyewitnesses and an interview with the suspect.

He was ultimately arrested and faces seven charges: vehicular homicide by intoxication, driving under the influence, leaving the scene of a motor vehicle collision resulting in death, failure to render aid/give information, failure to report a motor vehicle collision, criminal attempt to tamper with evidence, and possession of unlawful drug paraphernalia.

As of Saturday morning, he remained incarcerated in the Kingsport City Jail, pending arraignment, in lieu of a $50,000 bond as specified by the presiding magistrate. The crash remains under investigation by the KPD Traffic Unit. As such, and in the interest of a successful future prosecution, no additional details will be released at this time, the release said.

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KINGSPORT — City police are asking the public for help in identifying a motorist and vehicle involved in a hit-and-run incident that injured a pedestrian Friday night.

According to a release from the Kingsport Police Department, the incident occurred at approximately 9:45 in the 4200 block of Fort Henry Drive in Colonial Heights. The pedestrian was transported by Sullivan County EMS to a hospital for emergency medical treatment.

Police say the individual and vehicle in the accompanying photo are believed to have been involved. The vehicle appears to be a red, approximately 2010 model Toyota Yaris compact two-door hatchback. It should have front-end damage and a missing front bumper cover. The driver appears to be a tall (approximately 6 foot), slim, white male adult in his mid to late 40s.

Anyone who witnessed the collision or who can potentially identify or provide a current location for either the driver or the vehicle is asked to contact Kingsport Central Dispatch at (423) 246-9111 as soon as possible.

Alternatively, if an individual who is able to supply information related to this or any other case wishes not to be identified, tips can be submitted anonymously via online “Citizen Feedback” forms available at the following link:


The investigation of the crash is still underway, so no additional details are currently available. Further information will be released at an appropriate point in the investigation, the release said.

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