SULLIVAN COUNTY, Tenn. - A local Sheriff's Office loses a deputy and a friend in a fatal motorcycle crash on Highway 126 Saturday evening. News 5 caught up with co-workers and learned more about the man they say was passionate about a career in law enforcement.
Orange lines and fragments left from a crash are a devastating reminder for the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office. "[The] mood is somber amongst everyone that worked with Lee," said Lieutenant Andy Seabolt with the Sheriff's Office.
28-year-old Deputy Lee Campbell was killed in an off-duty crash on Highway 126 around 5p.m. Saturday.
According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Campbell was on his motorcycle heading towards Kingsport when the car in front of him stopped for a turning vehicle. THP says Campbell veered left, hit the corner of the car, and was thrown off his bike. That's when a pickup hit Campbell. "You can't move on, he'll never be forgotten," said Captain Jeff Cassidy with the Sheriff's Office.
News 5 learned Campbell was wearing a helmet and THP believes the setting sun could have played a role in the crash.
Captain Cassidy says this accident was painful for many reasons, "Because our dispatchers took the call and officers on scene had to handle one of our own."
But no one will be able to forget Campbell's passion about a career in law enforcement that started at a young age. "Went all the way up through Explorer Program, then Reserves, he got hired on because he just wanted his foot in the door. Got in as a dispatcher, wanted to go to the academy and he made an excellent patrolman," said Captain Cassidy.
Lieutenant Seabolt says Campbell left an impact on everyone he worked with that will always be remembered, "That he always gave 100% at everything he did and he was all heart."
THP says the crash is still under investigation and no charges have been filed.