Knoxville man struck, killed by pickup truck in parking lot of Independence Day celebration in Oak Ridge

Chief James Akagi says one person was killed when a red pickup truck slammed into cars and pedestrians after the Independence Day Celebration in Bissell Park.

OAK RIDGE (WATE) – A Knoxville man died from injuries after being struck by a pickup truck after an Independence Day celebration in Oak Ridge.

According to the initial investigation by the Oak Ridge Police Department, James Robinson, 37, was hit by a Dodge Ram truck driven by Lee Cromwell, 65, of Oak Ridge, as he backed his vehicle through a parking lot of Bissell Park at the Midtown Community Center.

Robinson was transported to Methodist Medical Center in Oak Ridge by ambulance, where he later died.

Cromwell’s truck forcefully moved other vehicles during the crash. Nine spectators were sent to the hospital with injuries, according to Oak Ridge Police.

“It was a very chaotic scene,” said Chief Akagi.

Seven patients were transported by ambulance from the scene to local hospitals. One adult and two juveniles were transported to the University of Tennessee Medical Center with non-life threatning injuries. Four juvenile patients were transported to the East Tennessee Children’s Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Two adults who were injured were also transported to Methodist Medical Center in personal vehicles.

Cromwell was not injured.

Oak Ridge police officers, with the assistance of Clinton police officers, reconstructed the crash scene with the use of electronic crash reconstruction equipment provided by the Clinton Police Department.

“What we do is try and reconstruct what happened minute by minute,” added Chief Akagi.

Family friends say Robinson died while trying to save his little girl who would have been hit by the car.

“We have some witness statements that say that but we don’t have anything definitive yet on that,” added Chief Akagi.

The Anderson County Sheriff’s Department, Tennessee Highway Patrol and the Oak Ridge Fire Department assisted.

“It was a tragic accident,” said Chief Akagi.

The investigation remains ongoing, according to Oak Ridge police officers.

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