published Friday, October 4th, 2013

Victim identified in fatal crash on Highway 27 in Rhea County, Tenn.

Vickie L. Powell, a 52-year-old Spring City, Tenn. resident, died in a two-car crash on U.S. Highway 27 north of Spring City on Friday afternoon.

According to early Tennessee Highway Patrol reports, 62-year-old Victor Kirkpatrick of Rockwood, Tenn., was pulling out of a private lot when his 2000 Chevrolet crossed northbound lanes, into “[Powell’s] lane of travel.”

Neither of the drivers were wearing seat belts.

Powell’s vehicle reportedly struck the Chevrolet’s driver door. Powell was taken to the hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Kirkpatrick was airlifted to Erlanger, and he is listed in stable condition.

According to the THP, Kirkpatrick was driving on a revoked license for DUI third offense. Blood-alcohol content and drug tests have been requested by state highway authorities. Those results were not available Friday night.

about Alex Green...

Alex joined the Times Free Press staff full-time in January 2014 as a region business reporter. He is a native of Dayton, Tenn., located 35 miles north of Chattanooga, and he is a fifth-generation Dayton native. Alex came to the Times Free Press as an editorial intern in July 2013. He was previously a correspondent at The Herald-News, located in Dayton, through college and editor-in-chief of the Triangle, Bryan College's student-led media group. Alex was ...

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