SNEEDVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – Tennessee Highway Patrol is investigating a Sneedville crash that left four people dead. It happened just after midnight Saturday on Trent Chapel Road.
The preliminary report shows that alcohol was a factor in the crash, and no one in the vehicle was wearing a seat belt. No other vehicles were involved.
The driver is identified as Tyler Bell, 20 of Sneedville. The passengers are identified as Megan Mullins, 22, of Sneedville, Billie Krysta Johnson, 18, of Blackwater, Virginia, and Eric Mosley, 22, of Bean Station.
The report states that Bell lost control of the car, slid off the road and hit a tree head on. He and the driver side passenger were ejected from the vehicle during the crash.
Breanna McCoy went to school with Bell. She says the best word to describe him was rambunctious.
“He was always getting into something, always running around always funny, loud, like if you’re around him you’re laughing,” said McCoy.
Hancock County Sheriff Ralph “Doug” Seal says this type of accident is particularly difficult in a town Sneedville’s size. The city has about 1,400 people.
“It’s just devastating,” said Sheriff Seal. “The young people that were killed, worked in different places in our county and in our town and we’re a small town, everybody knows everybody, it’s just devastating.”
McCoy says Billie Johnson, one of the four victims, worked at popular hangout spot and market Clinch River Market.
“She was always nice and friendly,” said McCoy. “I didn’t even know her and I remember the first time I went in there she just acted like she’d known me my whole life.”
Sheriff Seal says he hopes others will remember to always drive safe on the county’s roads.
“Just certainly be careful. Buckle up, drive slow.”