published Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

Wreck that killed brother, sister caused by speeding

A car wreck that left two teens dead and one in critical condition on Feb. 10 was caused by excessive speed, according to the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office.

Timothy Katafias, 18, died as a result of injuries he sustained after driving a car almost twice the speed limit on Fairview Road near Chickamauga Lake, according to sheriff’s spokeswoman Janice Atkinson. As the car went over a hill into a sharp turn. Katafias lost control of the vehicle — a 1997 Mercury Grand Marquis — sending it into the air and into a tree, Atkinson said.

Katafias’ sister, 16-year-old Torri, was killed in the crash and their friend, 18-year-old Craig Albert Lemay, was injured.

No mechanical issues, roadway designs or adverse surface conditions contributed to the crash, and there is no evidence Katafias was intoxicated or distracted, Atkinson said.

Investigators determined Katafias was driving between 57 and 62 mph.

“It’s simple physics,” Sgt. Mark Kimsey said. “Just using Newton’s three laws to study a body in motion, which is all the car is.”

Kimsey said the investigation is closed, and a final report will soon be submitted.

For complete details, see tomorrow’s Times Free Press.

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dao1980 said...

“It’s simple physics,” Sgt. Mark Kimsey said. “Just using Newton’s three laws to study a body in motion, which is all the car is.”

It's funny to hear a mouth breather try to explain simple physics as though he has a grasp on cause and affect. I would bet this fella walks around trying to figure out why his tongue is always so dang dry.

It's not the speed that kills, its the sudden stop.

Hitting an unmoving tree while doing the speed limit would be just as deadly.

The way I see it, these deaths were caused by an individuals inability to operate a vehicle.

February 22, 2011 at 3:21 p.m.
Salsa said...

I bet he knows the difference between "affect" and "effect".

February 22, 2011 at 6:29 p.m.
jwarren said...

Having worked with Sgt. Mark Kimsey for the last 10-12 years investigating these fatal crashes for the city (as well as assisting the county with their investigations - we work many together) I can assure the person known as 'dao1980' that Sgt. Kimsey is a well known expert in the crash reconstruction community nationwide, has been published in national reconstruction texts, and being an expert in his field of crash reconstruction, intimately knows the laws of physics as they apply to crash investigations. He is caring and feels deeply for this family that has suffered this unimaginable tragedy as he is with every family that we have to deal with in our daily job as Traffic Investigators. That is what drives him to go above and beyond what the state requires for a fatal crash investigation. Having observed the physical evidence myself he is correct that excessive speed is the primary contributing factor in that crash as unfortunately it is in many of our area crashes. Having been in his presence for the last 12 years working with him on almost a daily basis I can assure you that he uses his nostrils as a primary source of oxygen intake, not his mouth. My user name is also my real name if you were curious.

February 22, 2011 at 7:19 p.m.
Immarichardhead said...

I have learned the sharpest weapon is that of a fools tongue....A fool does not recognize this and cuts his own throat

Next time you speak against someone make sure you don't like an even bigger fool......credibility shot

Press on Sgt Kimsey

February 23, 2011 at 10:39 a.m.
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