KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Two people were charged on Tuesday after Knoxville Police say a drag race on Magnolia Avenue led to a collision with a third vehicle, killing that driver and critically injuring a 5-year-old and an 11-year-old.
Michael Williams, 65, of New Market was killed in the crash, a Knoxville Police Department spokesperson said Thursday. The two children, aged 5 and 11, remain hospitalized.
Trinity Clark, 21 and Tra’Shawn Glass, 20, of Knoxville are charged with felony reckless endangerment and drag racing charges.
Clark was in custody but reportedly made bond Wednesday. Glass is hospitalized with injuries sustained in the crash but will be taken into custody once he is released, according to Knoxville Police Department spokesperson Scott Erland.
According to Erland, Clark and Glass were racing an orange Dodge Charger and a red Dodge Charger when both ran a red light at Magnolia Avenue and Milligan Street. The cars collided with a white Ford Explorer not involved in the racing, killing the driver and seriously injuring two young children.
The impact of the crash forced an orange Charger into the Safe Haven house on Magnolia Avenue. No one inside was injured.
Erland said the driver of the white Ford Explorer was taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. Five others were injured, including the children who remain hospitalized in critical condition.
More charges are pending against Glass and Clark, Erland said. The investigation is ongoing.
In 2021, Tennessee lawmakers passed a law upgrading drag racing charges from a Class B misdemeanor to a Class A misdemeanor. Class A misdemeanors are punishable by up to a year in prison.
WATE 6 compiled a list of street racing crashes in East Tennnessee.
Editor’s Note: The story has been updated with additional information.