Police: Alcohol was a factor in fatal East Knoxville crash

Police: Alcohol was a factor in fatal East Knoxville crash

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Knoxville police have identified the men involved in a fatal wreck on Sunday and say alcohol was a factor in the crash.

Richard Burks, 44, of Saxton Avenue, was driving east on Brooks Avenue in East Knoxville just before 1:00 p.m. when he lost control and hit a utility pole, snapping the car in two.

His passenger, Shaheed Abdullah, 64, of Selma Avenue, was taken to University of Tennessee Medical Center where he later died.

Burks was charged with vehicular homicide, DUI, driving on a revoked license, and not having insurance.

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