NEWPORT (WATE) – A Newport woman was killed early Wednesday morning when the car she was riding in ran off the road. Troopers say drugs and alcohol both may have been factors.
Friends and family of 24-year-old Chelsey Williamson are trying to cope with the news that she’s gone.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol says a 2002 Honda Accord driven by Courtney Shultz, 22, was going northbound on Black Mountain Road around 12:41 a.m. when the car went off the left side of the roadway, down 250 to 300 feet a steep embankment and slammed into a tree.
Williamson died in the crash and was a passenger in the car. Shultz and another passenger, Corey Black, 20, were both injured.
“She had a lot of life ahead of her and to hear that this happened to her, it’s awful,” said Chelsey Rathbone, a friend of Williamson’s.
An incident report indicates that no one was wearing a seat belt.
To help ease the pain, friends of Williamson started a “Light it up for Chelsey” on Facebook. They are asking the community to turn on their porch lights in remembrance of her.
Neighbors nearby pitched in and had their lights on too. It’s something Rathbone says she’s happy to see for a friend gone too soon.
“For me, it was everybody turn on your light, let her know how much you love her. Let her know how much she meant to everybody, how much she impacted everyone’s life,” said Rathbone.
Rathbone told WATE 6 On Your Side she wants everyone to keep on their porch lights for Chelsey until this Sunday. As for the investigation, no charges have been filed.