A Rocky Top man was killed and at least one other person injured in a single-vehicle accident that occurred late Tuesday morning on Poplar Creek Road.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol says that 50-year-old Warner D. Martin of Rocky Top had been a passenger in the backseat of a 2006 Mazda sedan driven by 26-year-old Rebecca Louise Vanasse of Oak Ridge just after 11 am Tuesday when she swerved on the narrow and curvy road. She overcorrected, according to the THP report, causing the car to go over an embankment and into the muddy waters of Poplar Creek.
All three people inside the car were wearing seatbelts, according to the trooper’s report.
Martin was pronounced dead at the scene.
Vanasse was described as having been injured in the crash, but the extent of her injuries was not immediately available. She was taken into custody by Oak Ridge Police following the crash, however, on an outstanding probation violation and transported to the Anderson County Jail, where she remained in custody as of Thursday morning on a $5000 bond.
The front-seat passenger, 26-year-old Ethan James Alexander Wilson of Rocky Top may have been injured in the crash, but on the report, his injuries were described as “unknown.”
Troopers reported that Vanasse is not believed to have been drinking, but it was unclear if other intoxicants may have been involved, so blood tests have been ordered, as is standard procedure in fatal crashes.
No other vehicles were involved in Tuesday’s wreck.