Motorcycle riders injured in East Knox County crash

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Two people were sent to the hospital after a crash involving a motorcycle in East Knox County.

The driver of the motorcycle, Charles Edmonds of Etowah, 60, and passenger Misty Hopson, 43, of Strawberry Plains, were taken to University of Tennessee Medical Center by Rural/Metro. Hopson is listed in critical condition.

The crash happened at around 8:12 a.m. Thursday. According to a preliminary investigation, Knox County Sheriff’s Office said Edmonds’ 2003 Yamanha motorcycle was traveling west on Andrew Johnson Highway, near Pleasant Hill Road, when he was hit by a Ford F-150. Deputies said the driver of the Ford F-150, Robin Mitchell, 51, was attempting to cross Andrew Johnson Highway and said she never saw the motorcycle.

Edmonds was cited for a license issue. Investigators said drugs and alcohol are not thought to be factors in the crash at this time. Both Hopson and Edmonds were wearing DOT-approved helmets, according to the sheriff’s office.

Editor’s note: The Knox County Sheriff’s Office initially said Hopson was pronounced dead after the crash, but UT Medical Center officials later confirmed she was instead in critical condition.

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