Sullivan Co. grand jury finds no criminal wrongdoing in 2014 fatal crash in Kingsport

KINGSPORT, TN (WJHL) – A Sullivan County grand jury found no criminal wrongdoing in a fatal crash on East Stone Drive in Kingsport back in August 2014.

According to a Kingsport Police Department news release, police were called to a multiple vehicle crash near the Kingsport Pavilion, 2626 E. Stone Drive on Aug. 27, 2014.

An investigation by the KPD revealed that a 2007 Kia Sedona minivan carrying an adult and two children – ages 10 and 12 — was traveling west on East Stone Drive and was stopped in the turning lane preparing to turn left into the Kingsport Pavilion shopping center, when a 1995 Chevrolet Suburban, driven by Catherine S. Arnold, 63, of Bristol, Tenn., rear-ended the Kia.

The Kia was push forward across the intersection into the lanes that turn left from eastbound on East Stone Drive, where it was side-swiped by a 2011 Honda CRV.

According to the release, the Kia then crashed head-on with a 2008 Lexus.

The three occupants in the Kia were taken to Holston Valley Medical Center for treatment of significant injuries.

The driver of the Kia, Tracey Noe and the 10-year-old have since recovered from serious injuries.

The 12-year-old child was airlifted to the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville, where he later died from his injuries on Aug. 30.

Arnold was also taken to Holston Valley Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

The three other occupants in the other two vehicles involved in the crash received possible injuries, but did not require medical treatment.

According to the KPD news release, all occupants in all four vehicles were wearing seat belts.

KPD Traffic Unit determined through a scientific crash reconstruction analysis that Arnold’s Suburban was traveling 85 miles per hour in a 45 mile an hour zone at the time of the crash.

Arnold’s blood sample submitted to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s Crime Lab tested positive for multiple prescription medications.

According to the release, findings of the investigation were given to the Sullivan County District Attorney’s Office for review and were then presented to a grand jury.

On Tuesday, the grand jury found no criminal wrongdoing on the part of Arnold.

According to District Attorney Barry Staubus, the grand jury found there was not enough evidence to place criminal charges against Arnold.

An investigation revealed that she was not impaired at the time of the crash. A TBI toxicology report found that Arnold had small amounts of prescribed medications in her system, but the medications reportedly did not cause her to be impaired.

Arnold reportedly suffered a medical condition at the time of the crash.

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