KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — A second person has died after a man driving the wrong way on Pellissippi Parkway in Knoxville was involved in a fatal crash with two other cars, according to Knoxville Police.
James Wilson, 49, of Rockwood was killed in the crash early Friday, while Stephen Traub, 59, of Louisville died over the weekend according to a Knoxville Police spokesman.
Police said Eduardo Deavila, 33, of Knoxville appeared to be intoxicated when officers spoke with him after the crash at UT Medical Center. Deavila remains hospitalized Monday.
“KPD investigators are in consultation with the District Attorney’s Office regarding amended charges for Eduardo Deavila, who was originally charged with one count of vehicular homicide and two counts of vehicular assault,” said Scott Erland, spokesman for Knoxville Police.
Deavila remains hospitalized and will be formally charged upon his release, Erland said.
Knoxville Police officers responded to the crash around 1:30 a.m. on Pellissippi Parkway near Kingston Pike. A KPD spokesperson said one car was driving the wrong way on I-140 W when it collided with another vehicle, which then collided with the third vehicle.
It is unknown at this time how long Deavila was driving the wrong way.
Knox County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a car traveling the wrong way, Erland said. The crash is believed to have occurred as officers were traveling to the location where that had been reported to investigate.
One driver was pronounced dead at the scene while two other drivers were transported to the hospital with serious injuries. A second driver died at the hospital. The identity of the victims has not been released.
An investigation into the fatal crash remains ongoing at this time.