Michael Williams Obituary, Death – According to Knoxville Police Department reports, an accident in East Knoxville on Tuesday afternoon resulted in the death of one person and numerous injuries, including two children. On January 17, around 3:15 p.m., officers from the Kansas City Police Department responded to a multi-vehicle crash on East Magnolia Avenue near Milligan Street. The collision involved an orange Dodge Charger, a red Dodge Charger, and a white Ford Explorer, according to Scott Erland, a spokesperson for the Kansas City Police Department. According to the Kansas City Police Department’s investigation, both Chargers were speeding down E. Magnolia Avenue when they ran a red light at Milligan, colliding with the Ford Explorer.
The man driving the Ford, according to Erland, was named Michael Williams and was 65 years old. Williams was taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center following the accident, but he died there. Two other children, ages 11 and 6, were also taken to the hospital and remained critical as of early Wednesday morning. After being injured, they were sent there. The orange Charger drove for a short distance after the initial collision before coming to a stop in front of an occupied building. Nobody was hurt on the inside. Brianna Holloway, the home’s owner, told WVLT News that both of her children were present in the house and upstairs at the time of the accident.
“I couldn’t believe what I was seeing; total devastation. Holloway, who is currently figuring out where she will live while her home is being rebuilt, said it sounded like a bomb went off. Trinity Clark, a 21-year-old Knoxville resident, and Tra’Shawn Glass, a 20-year-old Knoxville resident, have been identified as the drivers of the Chargers found at the scene. According to Erland, the two are facing felony reckless endangerment and drag racing charges. Clark is being held in custody, while Glass is being treated for an injury and will be arrested as soon as he returns home. There may be some additional charges. After many hours, all of the lanes on Magnolia Avenue between Milligan and Castle were reopened by 8:00 p.m. At this time, the affected family member has requested assistance. Anyone who wishes to contribute can do so here. The investigation into the crash is still ongoing.