91-year-old man killed in accident involving Knoxville police cruiser

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Knoxville Police Department said the driver of a van that was hit by a Knoxville Police Department cruiser has died.

Emerson Smelser, 91, died from injuries sustained in the crash, according to Knoxville police. The crash happened at around 12:41 p.m. just north of the intersection of Henley Street and Summit Hill Drive.

According to the preliminary investigation, police said Smelser was turning left into Lincoln Memorial University’s parking lot when he was hit by a cruiser driven by Officer Thomas Clinton.

Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch said Officer Clinton was running his lights and sirens on his way to a fight at Knoxville Area Rescue Ministries when he hit Smelser’s Honda Odyssey van head-on.

Smelser was taken to University of Tennessee Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. Officer Clinton was also taken to the hospital for injuries.

Officer Clinton was hired in March 2005 by the Knoxville Police Department. Knoxville police said the Knox County Sheriff’s Office will conduct an investigation into the crash. They said Officer Clinton will remain on administrative leave pending the conclusion of the investigation.

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