Identities of victims released in deadly weekend crashes

Identities of victims released in deadly weekend crashes


KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The names of the victims in two weekend fatal crashes were released Monday by Knoxville police.

Norman Connatser, 53, of Knoxville, was killed Friday in a crash in the 2600 block of Texas Avenue. 

Connatser was a passenger in 2009 Toyota Yaris driven by Joyce Scott, 48, also of Knoxville.

Police say the car was traveling westbound at a high speed when it left the roadway, struck a utility pole, flipped and struck Ken Smith Auto Parts. 

Scott was transported to the University of Tennessee Medical Center with non life-threatening injuries.  Connatser was pronounced dead at the scene. 

They were both wearing seatbelts. 

Police say alcohol may have been a contributing factor in the wreck. 

In a multi-vehicle crash early Sunday morning, Jose Jesus Guzman-Torres, 26, of Morristown, was killed.

Police say Guzman-Torres was driving his 2004 Saturn Ion the wrong way on Interstate 40 West when it struck a 2005 Toyota Scion driven by Mark Kenner, of Knoxville. 

Kenner and his passenger, Melissa Bell, were transported to UT Medical Center with non life-threatening injuries.  

A 2002 Volkswagen was also traveling west on I-40 and struck the Saturn after the initial crash. 

The Volkswagen was driven by Thomas Struble. Struble and his passenger, Bradley Wright, were wearing seatbelts and were transported to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

Police say alcohol may have also been a factor in Sunday's crash. The cause of the wreck is under investigation.

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