THORN HILL (WATE) – A teen was killed on Saturday evening in a single-vehicle crash in Grainger County.
According to the investigation conducted by the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Dakota Blevins, 16, was traveling north on Highway 131 around 7:30 p.m. when he crossed the center line.
His 1996 Jeep ran through a wooden fence, into a field and struck a telephone pole, troopers said. Blevins was not ejected when he vehicle overturned and came to an uncontrolled stop, said authorities. Blevins was loved by many people in Hancock County.
“He always just had a smile on his face. If you didn’t see a smile, it was very rare,” said Mitch Cantwell, the school’s athletic director.
He was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident, THP confirmed.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday from 3-7 p.m. at the Hancock High School football field, according to the director of Hancock County Schools. Blevins played as the football team’s quarterback and his father Phil is the team’s head coach.
“Knowing that he knew the Lord, that makes me feel a lot better, knowing that he’s in a better place than where we are right now,” said Cantwell.
McNeil Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.