BY KEN LITTLE
Two people involved in a motorcyle-car crash Monday afternoon that killed the driver of the motorcycle remain in critical condition today in Johnson City Medical Center, Greene County-Greeneville Emergency Medical Service Director Robert Sayne said.
James M. Kirkpatrick, 42, of Jim Fox Road, died in the crash.
A Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) preliminary investigation report shows that Kirkpatrick was southbound on Mount Hebron Road on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle when 85-year-old Mary B. Hankal pulled her car into the road to make a left-hand turn.
The motorcycle struck the driver's-side door.
Kirkpatrick died at the scene. A motorcycle passenger, 24-year-old Holly L. Ricker, of Granite Lane, was ejected and thrown about 40 feet from the motorcycle, Sayne said.
Hankal had to be freed from her car by rescue personnel. She was listed today in critical condition after having undergone "multiple surgeries," Sayne said.
"She was entrapped in the car for at least 30 minutes," he said.
Ricker suffered a femur fracture and other injuries and is also listed in critical condition, Sayne said.
Hankal was cited for failure to yield. A THP investigation continues.
The speed of the motorcycle may have also been a factor in the crash on the two-lane road, Sayne said.
Both Kirkpatrick and Ricker were wearing helmets, and Hankal was wearing a seat belt, the THP report said.
Arrangements for Kirkpatrick, by Kiser-Rose Hill Funeral Home, are incomplete.