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Motorcyclist killed in West Stone Drive crash

Staff Report • May 13, 2020 at 9:22 AM

KINGSPORT — The Kingsport Police Department is investigating a serious crash that killed a motorcyclist on West Stone Drive Tuesday evening.

On May 12 at approximately 11:20 p.m., patrol officers responded to the collision in the 400 block of West Stone Drive in Kingsport. Due to the serious nature of the incident, crash reconstructionists with the KPD Traffic Unit were called to the scene.

Their subsequent investigation revealed that a black 2001 Dodge Ram 3500 full-size pickup, pulling a utility trailer, was eastbound on West Stone Drive in the center turn lane, preparing to make a left turn onto Teasel Drive. The pickup was driven and solely occupied by Christian J. Gibson, 18, from Church Hill.

Meanwhile, a blue 2006 Suzuki K6R sport motorcycle, operated and solely ridden by Tristan K. McConnell, 24, of Kingsport, was westbound on West Stone Drive approaching the same intersection. As the pickup attempted the left turn across the westbound lanes, the motorcycle crashed into it.

Gibson was not injured, according to a news release from the KPD; however, McConnell was killed in the crash. Multiple independent witnesses reported seeing McConnell travelling at an excessive rate of speed, with the front wheel of his motorcycle completely off of the pavement just prior to the collision, the release stated.

“This crash remains under open and active investigation by the KPD Traffic Unit,” the news release states. “As such, further information neither can nor will be released at this time.”

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