Police say driver hurt in crash was not wearing seat belt

KINGSPORT, Tenn. - The K.P.D. Traffic Unit is investigating a serious crash on Fort Henry Drive.

On December 2, 2013 at approximately 5:30 PM, Kingsport Police Patrol Officers responded to a motor vehicle collision with injuries at the intersection of Fort Henry Drive and Atoka Lane in Kingsport.

Due to extensive injuries to one of the drivers, the K.P.D. Traffic Unit was contacted and responded to the scene.

Their investigation revealed that a 2007 Ford Focus driven by Elise Kiser had been in the center turn lane of southbound Fort Henry Drive preparing to make a left turn onto Atoka Lane.

A Ford F-150 had been traveling northbound on Fort Henry Drive in the left lane.

For unknown reasons, the Ford Focus pulled into the path of the Ford F-150 resulting in a collision.

Ms. Kiser suffered critical injuries and was transported to Holston Valley Medical Center where she is listed in serious condition.

She was not wearing her seatbelt at the time of the collision.

The driver of the Ford F-150 was wearing his seatbelt and was not injured in the crash.

He stated that he had a green light at the time of the collision.

The investigation is ongoing.

The Kingsport Police Department strongly encourages all occupants of motor vehicles to wear their seat belts.

Not only is it the law, but it could quite possibly be the difference in life or death in the event of a serious car crash.

Even in seemingly minor collisions, wearing a seatbelt can mean the difference in walking away unscathed versus a senseless trip to the emergency room for easily preventable injuries.

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