TDOT internal investigation reveals no gross negligence linked to fatal crash

GRAY, TN (WJHL) – The Tennessee Department of Transportation did not find any gross negligence following a fatal crash last month, according to TDOT spokesperson.

A state contractor put up signs warning of uneven lanes in the hours after Jeremy Stevens died on Interstate 26; signs that were not in place prior to the crash.

Johnson City police said Stevens lost control of his motor scooter when he hit a patch of uneven pavement,

At the time, crews were in the process of paving a stretch of interstate.

TDOT opened an internal investigation following the crash.

Today TDOT spokesperson Mark Nagi said the agency “didn’t find any gross negligence or something that would require disciplinary action.”

He told us the agency will review the Johnson City’s Police Department’s final report when completed and “if necessary re-address our findings.”

Police are waiting on the results of blood tests before closing their investigation, but investigators do not expect to file any charges.

They’ve called the crash as close to a true accident as possible.


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