Missing teen critically injured in crash following police pursuit

CORBIN, Ky. (WTVQ) – State Police say a 16-year old girl, whose mother reported missing Thursday morning, was critically injured in a head-on collision following a police pursuit in Knox County. A passenger in the SUV the girl was driving, 20-year old John Deaver, of Harrogate, Tennessee, was also critically injured in the collision, according to KSP.

Both victims were airlifted to U.T. Medical Center in Tennessee, according to State Police.

Investigators say it all began around 3:30 p.m., when a 2000 Mercedes SUV passed a State Trooper at a high rate of speed on the shoulder of US 25E in Knox County. The Trooper tried to pull the SUV over in the Bimble community, but it continued to flee at a high rate of speed, according to State Police.

Other Trooper’s joined in the pursuit that continued for several miles but was eventually called-off in the Gray community because the SUV was going dangerously fast, according to KSP.

A short time later, Troopers spotted the SUV at the intersection of KY 3041 and US 25E. Investigators say the vehicle had been involved in a collision.

The preliminary investigation indicates the Mercedes SUV was driven by the 16-year old girl from Harrogate, Tennessee. Because of her age, her name was not released.

Investigators say the girl hit three different vehicles before colliding head-on with an 18-wheeler in the southbound lane of US 25E.

State Police say the girl was ejected from the vehicle and landed in the road.

The driver of the tractor-trailer, 43-year old Eric Wilder, of Thornhill, Tennessee, was not hurt, according to State Police.

Investigators say no one else involved in the any of the collisions was hurt.

The case is still under investigation by State Police.

*Note: The photograph of the accident scene that accompanies this story is courtesy of The News Journal in Corbin

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