3 UT students involved in crash

3 UT students involved in crash after SUV rolls down steep embankment

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Police talk to one of students involved in the wreck. Police talk to one of students involved in the wreck.
The SUV came to a stop at the bottom of a steep embankment. The SUV came to a stop at the bottom of a steep embankment.
Walter Hills (Source: Facebook) Walter Hills (Source: Facebook)
LiJoyce Bridges (Source: Facebook) LiJoyce Bridges (Source: Facebook)
Hills tweeted this image under the handle @ReeferBuzz about using drugs. (Source: Twitter) Hills tweeted this image under the handle @ReeferBuzz about using drugs. (Source: Twitter)

By SAMANTHA MANNING
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Three UT students returning from a party were involved in an early morning crash Tuesday when their SUV rolled down a steep embankment off Alcoa Highway.

LiJoyce Bridges, 19, of Humboldt, suffered what authorities say are potentially life-threatening injuries when she was ejected during the wreck.

Knoxville police say the three students had been to a party in the Fort Sanders area and were on their way home at about 5:45 a.m.

Driver Walter Hills, 19, of Jackson, lost control of the SUV and it dropped about 150 feet down an embankment on Alcoa Highway south of the Cherokee Trail exit.

Kristen Molnar, 18, of Knoxville, was taken to UT Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries. Hills was uninjured. 

As of 5:00 p.m Tuesday, Bridges was still in critical condition.

Police say marijuana and drug paraphernalia were found in and near the crashed vehicle. DUI charges are expected to be filed against the driver.

6 News found a history of tweets from Hills in which he posted pictures of marijuana and drug paraphernalia and tweeted about being high.

UT students told 6 News they weren't all that shocked to hear the students were believed to be coming from a party in Fort Sanders.

"People do drive drunk around here, especially in The Fort," UT student Rachel Eatherly said. "It is an area where upperclassman live and there's a lot of partying going on usually, especially Thursday night and the weekends."

"A lot of students that do drink think, 'Oh, I live a couple of miles away. It's not a big deal if I drive,'" UT student Jeanette Peterson said.

A spokesperson for UT said all three students live on campus.

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