Shortly after 1:30 p.m. on Thursday the Mount Carmel Police Department responded to a single vehicle accident at 741 Hammond Ave. involving a northbound Toyota MR2 that exited the roadway to the left struck a parked SUV.
MCPD Chief Ken Lunsford Jr. said there were no witnesses to the crash, but everyone in the neighborhood heard it.
“They said it sounded like a missile went off,” Lunsford said. “We didn’t get a statement from him (before he was transported). He had a laceration on his head, and he was confused and bleeding. It looks like he came around the curve and lost it, slid into the yard and slammed into a parked car.”
Lunsford added, “I’m not sure speed was a factor, or the wet road, but as soon as he left the road he was on wet grass and had no control.”
The driver, whose name wasn’t available, was transported by Hawkins County EMS to the Holston Valley Medical Center. The injury wasn’t life threatening, Lunsford said.
Lunsford said the driver will face a registration violation charge for having the wrong tag on the unregistered vehicle.
The driver also didn’t have an insurance card in his possession, and pending completion of the investigation, Lunsford said he was likely to be cited for failure to exercise due care.