A Cocke County teen died Tuesday evening when he was struck by a vehicle as he crossed Highway 160 just before midnight.

Trooper Jeremy Shelton said the incident occurred in the 200 block of the highway at 11:47 p.m.

Sonny Carter Jr., 17, was crossing the roadway near his home when he was struck in the middle of the roadway by a southbound 2005 Nissan operated by Ashley Morales, 33, of Newport. Morales was not injured.

Shelton said Carter was wearing a dark colored shirt and pants, and there was no lighting in the area. .

The investigation into the incident is continuing and charges are pending the findings.