Knoxville police identify burned bodies in crash

2 dead in East Knoxville high-speed crash

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – More than a week after a horrific accident, Knoxville Police Department has identified two severely burned bodies.

Driver Deshawn Tate, 26, and his passenger Santa Marquis Griffin, 35, were killed after police said their car crashed into a utility pole, downing wires and causing the car to catch on fire. The crash happened in the 3200 block of Skyline Drive, at around 10:35 p.m. Wednesday.

According to a preliminary report, police said Tate’s car was traveling east on Skyline drive at a very high rate of speed when it went off the road. They said Tate over-corrected spinning his car and causing it to strike a utility pole. When police arrived they found the bodies of Tate and Griffin and transported them to the forensic center where the medical examiner and investigators identified the victims.

After the crash, Skyline Drive was closed in both directions for several hours while Knoxville Utility Board crews worked to fix the two downed power lines.


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