GRASSY FORK—A Newport man sustained serious injuries after he was ejected from a vehicle on Old Fifteenth Road Saturday morning.
Cocke County Sheriff Deputies identified the male as Brody Williams, 22, 9th Street. Williams was airlifted to UT Medical’s Trauma Center.
On Saturday, several first responders were dispatched to the area of Old Fifteenth Road concerning a single vehicle accident around 1 a.m.
Upon arrival, Lt. Michael Whitmer reported he observed one passenger, identified as Williams, lying outside the vehicle in severe pain. Williams was transported to Grassy Fork Elementary School where he was later airlifted to UT Medical Center.
Lt. Whitmer said he then came in contact with the driver, Kyler S. McGill, 20, Huff Road, Cosby, who said as he was negotiating a curve, he attempted to down shift in order to slow down. However, he made contact with loose gravel and lost control of the vehicle.
The 1990 Geo Tracker left the roadway and drove off a 6 foot embankment and flipped onto its side. The impact caused Williams to be ejected from the vehicle.
While speaking with McGill, Lt. Whitmer said he detected an odor of alcohol about his person. When asked if McGill had consumed alcohol, he admitted to drinking “four beers” two to three hours prior.
Deputies administered a field sobriety test to McGill and he reportedly “did well” on some tests and poorly on others.
McGill was charged with underage driving while impaired and violation of financial responsibility. No other injuries were reported.