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Community mourns death of teen after fatal accident

A fatal car car accident recently occurred in Sullivan County that took the life of a teen, the authorities say. The Tennessee Highway Patrol is currently conducting its investigation into the accident that took the life of the 16-year-old female high school junior. The one-vehicle crash took place on a recent Monday afternoon around 4:40 p.m.

THP officers say that the vehicle in which the teen was riding as a front-seat passenger was headed south on U.S. Highway 11W. The driver, an 18-year-old male, says he saw road debris and swerved to avoid it. In so doing, the vehicle's two left tires left the road, leading to his overcorrection, the report said.

In overcorrecting, he lost control of the vehicle and it went off the right-hand side of the roadway. The vehicle went down and then up an embankment, then rolled several times. The passenger was ejected from the vehicle. She suffered critical injuries and later died at a local hospital, according to the authorities.  

According to the THP report, charges could be pending against the driver in relation to the accident. If the driver is charged and prosecutors secure a conviction on one of the charges related to this tragic accident, that may be offered as evidence of negligence in any related wrongful death suit filed in a Tennessee civil court by the decedent's loved ones. Successfully navigated, this type of claim may result in a monetary judgment for documented damages that were related to the accident, including burial costs. Individuals who have lost loved ones in similar car accidents are typically best served by consulting experienced personal injury attorneys.

Source: wjhl.com, "Community mourning the loss of Kingsport teen after fatal crash", June 17, 2016

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