Authorities identify man killed in West Knoxville floodwaters

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Authorities have identified a man who drowned early Sunday after driving into a submerged roadway in West Knoxville.

Christopher J. Doody, 59, died Sunday after he drove his car into floodwaters on South Peters Road. 

Witnesses said they yelled for Doody to stop as he slowly drove his car into the water, according to Jeff Bagwell of Rural Metro.

The accident happened shortly after midnight. The Knox County Sheriff’s Office and multiple rescue agencies were sent at 12:06 a.m. on a report of a man trapped inside a vehicle submerged in the water covering South Peters Road.  

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After being rescued, the man was in critical condition and was taken to Parkwest Medical Center where he died, according to the Knox County Sheriff’s Office.

It is not known how long he was in the water, but he was in critical condition when pulled out, Bagwell said.

Sheriff Tom Spangler praised the efforts of rescue workers to save the man. The rescue team included personnel from Rural Metro Fire, AMR Ambulance and The Knoxville Volunteer Rescue Squad.

The Sheriff’s Office emphasized how dangerous it is to drive through water on the roadway unless you can see the pavement.

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