Tennessee Highway Patrol troopers worked fatal crashes in Hawkins and Claiborne counties over the weekend.
Joshua Norwood, a 32-year-old Rogersville motorcyclist, died around 12:30 a.m. Saturday when he pulled into the path of a 1997 Cadillac DeVille driven by 19-year-old Kingsport resident Joseph Collins, who was uninjured, according to Trooper Matt Harkleroad.
Collins was eastbound on Beech Creek Road – State Route 347 - when Norwood, who was riding a 2006 Suzuki 650, pulled from McMillian Road in front of Collins’ car. There was no conclusive evidence either Norwood or Collins were under the influence of drugs or alcohol, according to a preliminary crash report.
Blood-alcohol tests will be performed on Norwood and Collins. Both men were driving on suspended licenses, according to the trooper, who did not file criminal charges against Collins.
Robert Dalton, a 20-year-old Tazewell man, died in a one-vehicle, rollover crash on Blue Top Road shortly before 7 a.m. Sunday. Neither Dalton nor the other occupant of the 1996 Ford F-150, 16-year-old Tazewell resident Kenneth Barrus were wearing seatbelts. Both were ejected so it’s not clear who was driving, according to Trooper Isaac Daniels.
The southbound pickup went out of control near the intersection with Parker Lane. The pickup traveled off the left side of the roadway before striking a small hill, causing it to go airborne before rolling three or four times, according to the preliminary crash report.
Daniels reported that a seat belt likely would have saved Dalton’s life. The extent of Barrus’ injuries is uncertain. Barrus was not a patient at the University of Tennessee Medical Center, the most common destination for seriously injured patients, this morning, according to a hospital spokeswoman,
Funeral arrangements for Norwood and Dalton had not been announced in Morristown by late this morning.