By Tamas Mondovics
Extreme high rate of speed has been ruled as the cause of the recent traffic fatality involving a motorcycle in Mountain City.
The Johnson County Sheriff’s Department and Tennessee Highway Patrol District 5, Public Information Officer Lt. Rick Garrison confirmed that one person died after a motorcycle crash Sunday (8/18) morning.
According to a THP report the motorcycle driven by 23-year-old Steven McGuire collided with a car on Highway 421 South near Parkdale Mills just south of town.
Officials said that McGuire was traveling south at an extremely high rate of speed, and hit the driver’s door of a 2006 Honda Civic driven by Leanna Lipford, 19, of Butler who was crossing 421.
The initial report said that McGuire was killed on impact as he and his motorcycle spun 180 degrees into an oncoming lane of traffic.
TPH officials also said
that McGuire’s helmet was
not fastened correctly, and came off when he hit the Honda.
Lipford had minor injuries and was taken to the hospital. No criminal charges have been filed.
The investigation continues.