KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — A Morristown man is dead after he crashed into a truck and went airborne while in a police chase early Friday morning in Blount County.
Around 5:10 a.m. a Sevier County Sheriff’s Deputy said he observed a 2001 Infiniti I30 in oncoming traffic, driving recklessly and traveling at a high rate of speed on U.S. Highway 411/Sevierville Road in Seymour.
The deputy reported that he attempted to initiate a traffic stop, but the driver of the Infiniti, later identified as Tyler James McCroskey did not stop. As McCroskey continued to elude law enforcement, the deputy said the driver lost control and “sideswiped” a Dodge Ram pickup, went airborne and rolled, according to a report by the Tennessee Highway Patrol.
McCroskey, 23, was killed in the crash.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol is investigating the incident.
Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to reflect information from the Tennessee Highway Patrol. Previous information from the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office incorrectly identified the suspect, his age and some crash details.