Elizabethton police say alcohol could have been a contributing factor to a two-vehicle crash on the Elizabethton Highway late Friday night that left three with serious injuries.
Information released by the Elizabethton Police Department names Stormey Shepherd, 23, 262 Lacy Hollow Road, Elizabethton, as the driver of a white GMC pickup and Melissa Robin Carter, 45, 1684 Highway 19E, Elizabethton, as the driver of a maroon Chevy pickup.
In Melissa Carter’s vehicle there was a passenger, identified as Penny Lenore Carter, 44, also of 1684 Highway 19E.
Police said Shepherd was travelling east toward Elizabethton and Melissa Carter was travelling west when the two vehicles collided head-on near the Happy Valley Memorial Park shortly before midnight Friday.
The Elizabethton Specialized Traffic Accident Reconstruction Team, called in to investigate the crash, said that the white GMC left its lane and struck the maroon pickup, causing extensive damage to both vehicles.
Because of the severity of the crash, the two Carters were extricated from their vehicle by the Carter County Rescue Squad and the Elizabethton Fire Department.
All three were transported by ambulance from the accident scene to the Johnson City Medical Center.
On Monday morning, Melissa Carter remained in the intensive care unit with an unspecified condition. Penny Carter and Shepherd were no longer listed as patients at the hospital.
According to EPD officers, evidence that points to alcohol as being a contributing factor was collected and at the crash scene and sent to a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation lab for analysis.
Charges are pending at this time.