Hawkins motorcycle crash kills Kingsport man

Rain Smith • Jun 17, 2019 at 3:36 PM

CHURCH HILL — A weekend motorcycle crash in Church Hill killed a Kingsport man, while a separate collision in Sullivan County led to a rider being airlifted from the scene.

The fatal incident occurred at about 9:20 Saturday night in the 1000 block of Goshen Valley Road. According to a preliminary report from the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Harold J. Clark, 62, was riding a 2005 Suzuki GSXR 600.

While traveling north, Clark entered a right-hand curve and crossed the center line. The THP says he then left the left side of the road and hit a tree, inflicting his fatal injuries. 

The other incident occurred Sunday at about 8 p.m. According to the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office, a motorcycle was traveling south on Highway 421. As it approached Beidleman Road, a Toyota Prius reportedly pulled out of Beidleman and into the motorcycle’s lane of travel, spurring the collision.

The motorcycle rider, who was not identified in a press release, was transported to the hospital via helicopter. Injuries were listed as serious but non-life threatening.

The pair of crashes followed a serious Friday afternoon motorcycle crash on Memorial Boulevard in Kingsport. According to Kingsport police, at Conway Drive a Chevrolet Impala failed to yield the right-of-way to a Harley Davidson operated by Donnie L. Brown, 48. Also riding the motorcycle was Matonya G. Brown, 45.

The Harley struck the driver’s side of the Chevrolet, resulting in both the Browns being thrown from the bike. They each sustained life-threatening injuries and were transported by Sullivan County EMS to a hospital for emergency medical treatment. As of Monday, both remained hospitalized in critical condition.

Investigation of the Kingsport crash is continuing with charges pending.

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