Family member remembers victim from Knox Christmas night crash

Family member remembers victim from Knox County Christmas night crash

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Patricia Burrough's son says his mother, Patricia Burroughs, and mother-in-law Rosa Marie Coleman, were on their way to Christmas mass and he's still trying to wrap his head around the horror of the accident. Patricia Burrough's son says his mother, Patricia Burroughs, and mother-in-law Rosa Marie Coleman, were on their way to Christmas mass and he's still trying to wrap his head around the horror of the accident.

By ALEXIS ZOTOS
6 News Reporter

WHITE PINE (WATE) - The Knox County Sheriff's Office released the identities of the victims of a head-on collision on Christmas night.

Officials say the incident started with a broken down black Cadillac Escalade SUV on Mine Road at Mascot Road. KCSO says the alternator went out on the SUV and there were no lights.

A blue Dodge Caravan heading west on Mine Road hit the back of the Escalade and then swerved into the other lane, hitting a Chrysler head-on. 

Deputies say the driver of the Caravan, Patricia Burroughs, 67, of White Pine, was transported to UT Medical Center by ambulance where she later died. Rosa Marie Coleman, 49, was a passenger in the van. She is in stable condition at UT.

The driver of the Chrysler, 30-year-old Heather Miranda of Dandridge, was airlifted to UT Medical Center by Lifestar where she died also. Her two children were in the car. They were also taken to UT.

Patricia Burrough's son says his mother Patricia Burroughs and mother-in-law Rosa Marie Coleman, were on their way to Christmas mass and he's still trying to wrap his head around the horror of the accident. 

"It's like I'm going to wake up any minute and it's not going to be real," said Brandon Burroughs.

He said his mother and mother-and-law were headed to church at God's Little Mission Baptist Church Wednesday night. It's the church his mother has attended most of her life.

"She was the Sunday school teacher and played the piano since she was seven or eight," her son remembered. "She loved to go, she loved to sing and play the piano, Momma, if she was on her death bed, if it was time to go to church, it was time to go to church."

Burroughs says his mother was a woman of faith and he is trying to find comfort in that.

"There's a sadness, yes there's a loss, but then again if you have that faith it's glorious to also know she was going to meet what she had looked for so many years," he said through tears.

Coleman, his mother-in-law was his mom's good friend. She is at UT in stable condition but she has a long road to recovery.

"Some broken bones, a problem with a collapsed lung, but she had surgery this morning so she is doing better," he said.

Burroughs said his mother's last act was a selfless one, and her actions could be the reason his mother-in-law is still with them.

"My mother-in-law told us at the hospital today that the last thing she heard mom doing was mom was holding pressure on her head and holding the dash up off her, consoling her and telling her everything was going to be alright," he said. "She wanted to live her life helping others.

The driver of the stalled SUV has been identified as Dorothy Barnes of Blaine. She was uninsured. It is unclear if she was at the scene when the accident happened.

Funeral arrangements are pending for both victims.

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