'Wrong-way' crash in Rogersville now a quadruple fatality

Jeff Bobo • Jul 11, 2018 at 9:00 PM

ROGERSVILLE — The Tennessee Highway Patrol and a family member confirmed for the Times News Wednesday that the driver of a Chevy Silverado who reportedly caused a head-on crash that killed three people in Rogersville on June 29 is also deceased.

A family member informed the Times-News that David E. Kelley Jr., 53, Kingsport, actually died at the scene, but his body was kept alive because he was an organ donor.

“There has been a mix-up because everyone is under the impression that David is in the hospital, when in fact he passed away at the scene of the accident,” the family member told the Times-News. “He would have been pronounced DOA at the hospital, but he was an organ donor and they kept him hooked up to machines to keep his organs alive. They officially pronounced him dead on July 2 at 4:46 p.m. We had trouble keeping up with him at Holston Valley because there was another David Kelly Jr. there at the same time due to an accident, so I think everyone is getting updates about him. There is no relation.”

THP spokesman Nathan Hall confirmed for the Times News that Kelley, whom he described as the “at-fault driver,” had passed away, bringing the death toll from the crash up to four.

“There will be no pending charges on this case, according to the investigating trooper and his on-scene supervisor,” Hall said.

On June 29 shortly after 10 p.m., an eastbound 1999 Chevy Silverado driven by Kelley reportedly crossed the turn lane into oncoming traffic on 11-W and struck a westbound 2002 Chevy Cavalier driven by Deborah Lynn Kimberlin, 37, Jonesville.

Trooper Dylan Reid stated in his report that the Silverado then rolled over, became airborne, and landed on the front end of an eastbound 2007 BMW driven by Jeremy D. Pell, 41, Rogersville.

Three of the Cavalier’s occupants were killed including Deborah Kimberlin; her father-in-law, Jimmy Kimberlin, 67; and her mother-in-law, Nancy L. Kimberlin, 51. A fourth passenger in the Cavalier, Deborah Kimberlin’s young daughter, was critically injured and was hospitalized in Roanoke, Va.

Deborah Kimberlin’s husband and son were in a separate vehicle and witnessed the crash. The family was returning home to Jonesville from a Boy Scout meeting.

The Old Dominion Power Company office in Norton, where Deborah Kimberlin was employed, is collecting donations, which will go toward family medical and funeral expenses.

You can send donations to: Old Dominion Power Company I/C/O the Jimmy Kimberlin family, 1000 Park Ave., Norton, VA 24273.

Donations can also be dropped off in person at the Norton ODP office.

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