Clarke Austin is one for four men who is credited for helping save three people who where stuck in burning SUV following at two-vehicle collision Saturday night on Fort Henry Drive near South Street in Kingsport.
"His [the driver] son was laying over in the grass and pulled out his pocket knife and I ran over and got the pocket knife and just cut the guy's seat belt off of him."
The identity of the deceased driver of the Acura will not be released yet pending positive identification and notification of family members.
Kingsport Police Department Traffic Unit Crash Reconstructionists have calculated the speed at impact of both vehicle involved. The Ford SUV was travelling 35 miles per hour, which is well within the posted speed limit of 45 mph.
However, the Acura was travelling 104 mph when it crossed the center lane and struck the Ford SUV head-on.
The identities of the Good Samaritans who rescued the occupants of the Ford SUV and attempted the rescue of the driver of the Acura are also included in this release.
The Kingsport Police Department would like to commend these brave citizens who placed their own well-being at risk to save the lives of three complete strangers.
Were it not for their prompt response and selfless actions, more lives would likely have been lost.