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 Green joined the Times Free Press staff full-time in January 2014 after completing the paper's six-month, general assignment reporter internship. Alex grew up in Dayton, Tenn., which is also where he studied journalism at Bryan College. He graduated from Rhea County High School in 2008. During college, Alex covered the city of Graysville and the town of Spring City for The Herald-News. As editor-in-chief of Bryan College's student news group, Triangle, Alex reported on ...

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