KPD: Woman dies after crash on Lynn Garden Drive in Kingsport

Lynn Garden Drive crash on June 30. (Source: WJHL)

KINGSPORT, TN (WJHL) –  Kingsport Police Department officials said a woman died from injuries from crash on Lynn Garden Drive Friday morning.

According to a KPD news release, officers were called to the crash on Lynn Garden Drive near the intersection with Truxton Drive around 10 a.m.

A silver 2005 Honda Accord 4-door sedan driven by Melissa Faye Thompson, 42, of Weber City, Va., was traveling on Lynn Garden Drive in the left northbound lane and was approaching Truxton Drive.

A gold 1998 Acura RL 4-door sedan driven by Beulah Faye Fansler, 70, of Gate City, Va., was also about to exit the parking lot of Dairy Queen, which was adjacent to Truxton Drive.

Police said Fansler reportedly failed to yield the right-of-way and pulled into the path of the Honda.

Thompson tried to swerve the Honda to the left, but was not unable to avoid the crash. The two vehicles crashed into each other at an angle.

Both Fansler and Thompson were taken to Holston Valley Medical Center by Sullivan County EMS for possible injures.

A front seat passenger in the Acura — Eula P. Rogan, 86, of Kingsport — was seriously injured in the crash and was also taken to Holston Valley by EMS for treatment.

Police said Rogan died from her injuries after arriving at the hospital.

The crash remains under investigation by the KPD Traffic Unit.

Charges are pending.

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Previous story:

Kingsport emergency dispatch confirmed reports of multiple crashes with injuries on Lynn Garden Drive. The two separate crashes shut down most of Lynn Garden Drive Friday morning, causing “severe congestion”, said Kingsport police.

The roadway was originally closed but has since reopened.

The crashes were reported around 10:15 a.m. in the 1100 and 800 blocks of Lynn Garden. The first crash happened in front of Lynn Garden Restaurant near the Virgil Avenue intersection. The other occurred in front of Dairy Queen near Truxton Drive.

Three people were reportedly taken to Holston Valley Medical Center following the crashes.

The crashes remain under investigation by KPD.

News Channel 11 is following this story. We’ll post more details as they become available and have a live report beginning at Noon on News Channel 11 and ABC Tri-Cities (WJHL 11.1 and 11.2). You can watch our newscasts online at

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