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1 dead, others injured in Sunday-night crash

A McMinn County man was killed, a second was charged with vehicular homicide, and two Karns residents were among those injured in a two-vehicle collision Sunday, Feb. 19, at Kingston Pike and Campbell Station Road.

Trooper Marty Nix of the Tennessee Highway Patrol said Heather R. Paul, 31, of a Wilnoty Drive, Karns, address and her daughter Kaitlin, 4, were injured when a 1995 Toyota Tercel, driven by Martin D. Smith, 32, of Englewood, ran a red light and struck Paulís 2000 Geo Tracker on the passenger side.

Nix identified the deceased as Edward Cates, 31, of Englewood who was a passenger in the Smith vehicle. Cates, who had not worn a seat belt, was pronounced dead on arrival at the University of Tennessee Medical Center, Nix said. Smith, who also wore no seat belt, was injured as was a second passenger, Barry West, 31, of Etowah.

UT Medical Center spokesmen reported Smith and West were in stable condition Tuesday.

Nix said the Paul vehicle had proceeded legally through a green light at the intersection.

Paul, who was not wearing a seat belt, was seriously injured and remained in serious condition at farragutpress presstime Tuesday at the University of Tennessee Medical Center. Her daughter, Kaitlin, who had been strapped in a car seat in the Trackerís rear, also was treated at UT Medical Center but was less seriously injured. Medical Center spokesmen would not release the daughterís medical condition.

Nix said the Pauls, members of First Baptist Church Concord in Farragut, had been dining with friends at The Silver Spoon shortly before the collision, which occurred at about 9:30 p.m.

Nix said the three men apparently were returning home from Mouseís Ear West, a Knoxville nightclub. Alcohol and drugs, including marijuana, were found in the Toyota, Nix said.

Seat belts were not in use in the Toyota, Nix said, and both the driver and West, a backseat passenger, apparently were ejected from the car and re-entered through the windshield.

Smith was charged with a total of four felony counts in connection with the collision. Police also cited him for running a red light, a misdemeanor.


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