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Fatal crashes: Two die in weekend accidents

Last updated: 5:05 PM, 08/03/2009

Source: The Rogersville Review

By Bill Grubb
Staff Writer | (

ROGERSVILLE-An 18-year-old Rogersville woman and a 66-year-old Bulls Gap man were killed in two separate accidents in Hawkins County over the weekend, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

Kelley E. Hipshire, 18, 141 Pyne Drive, Rogersville died Friday night as the result of a two-vehicle head-on collision on Highway 11E west of Bulls Gap near the Hawkins and Hamblen County line.

According to a report filed by Trooper William Collier, Hipshire was driving a 2002 Saturn southbound when the accident occurred shortly after 9 p.m.

Authorities report Hipshire's vehicle crossed the center line of the highway and crossed into the path of a 1993 Isuzu SUV, which was travelling northbound.

The driver of the Isuzu, Claude Copley, 19, 110 Frazier Street, Greeneville, was not wearing a seatbelt and was transported to the Univesity of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville where he was treated and released, according to a hospital representative.

A passenger in Copley's vehicle, Melissa L. Spears, 21, 654 Lover's Lane, Greeneville, was wearing a seatbelt and was not seriously injured, the trooper reported.

According to Collier, Hipshire was wearing a seatbelt.

A Bulls Gap man died Sunday night as the result of a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of Highway 66 South and Old Highway 113 south of Rogersville.

According to the THP, Dan Laster, 66, 1776 Highway 66 South, Bulls Gap, was driving a 2003 Buick on Old Highway 113 at approximately 9 p.m. when he reportedly pulled his vehicle into the path of a vehicle travelling northbound on Highway 66.

Laster's vehicle was struck on the driver's side by a 1990 Ford Probe driven by Serena Bishop, 28, 232 Ebbing and Flowing Springs Road, Rogersville.

According to the THP report Bishop was wearing a seatbelt and Laster was not.

The report notes Bishop sustained some injuries but does not specify the type of injuries or where she was transported for treatment.

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