According to a report from KPD Public Information Officer Thomas M. Patton, a 2013 Chrysler 200 four-door sedan, driven and solely occupied by Cecilia M. Haynes, 19, Greeneville, was traveling lawfully on I-26 in the center lane when it was overtaken by a 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier four-door sedan traveling behind her in the same lane and direction but at a significantly higher rate of speed.
Patton said the Chevrolet, driven and solely occupied by Jeremiah S. Fields, 37, Kingsport, rear-ended the Chrysler as Fields swerved the vehicle to the left in an attempt to avoid a collision with and/or pass the Chrysler. After hitting the Chrysler, the Chevrolet veered out of control into the cable barrier and overturned, coming to rest upside down in the adjacent median.
As the Chevrolet rolled, Fields, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the vehicle. Fields was transported by Sullivan County EMS to an area hospital for emergency medical treatment of serious but non-life-threatening injuries. Haynes was not injured in the collision.
This crash remains under open and active investigation by the KPD Traffic Unit with charges pending.