Two Hawkins teens killed in Carters Valley Road crash

Jeff Bobo • Sep 12, 2019 at 12:26 PM

SURGOINSVILLE — Two Hawkins County teens were killed in a single-vehicle crash late Wednesday night on Carters Valley Road north of Surgoinsville.

According to a Tennessee Highway Patrol report, shortly before midnight Wednesday a 2002 Honda Civic driven by Ryan Wallace, 19, Surgoinsville, was traveling west on Carters Valley Road when, for unknown reasons, he lost control of the car.

The THP report states that the vehicle traveled off the left side of the highway and into the yard of a residence at 1959 Carters Valley Road, where it struck a tree on the passenger side.

Wallace and Zachary Harrell, 18, Surgoinsville, who was the lone passenger, were killed.

It was the second fatal accident that occurred Wednesday in Hawkins County.

Shortly before 6 a.m., Kenneth Miller, 70, Rogersville was killed when a pickup pulled out from New Canton Road into the path of the motorcycle Miller was driving on Highway 11-W near Church Hill.

Two weeks ago, there was a double fatality in Church Hill when a 2005 Dodge Stratus driven by June Bruner, 85, Mount Carmel, reportedly pulled out from Richmond Street onto Highway 11-W into the path of an oncoming truck.

The truck impacted the Dodge’s driver’s side door. Mrs. Bruner’s son Clair Bruner, 62, Mount Carmel, was in the passenger seat, and both suffered fatal injuries.

That brings the total number of traffic fatalities in Hawkins County so far in 2019 to 14, compared to seven in 2018.

Hawkins County Sheriff Ronnie Lawson stated via Twitter Thursday, “Three people lost their lives in Hawkins County traffic accidents yesterday including 2 teenagers. Everyone needs to pay attention to their driving like never before. Pray for these victims’ families.”