Update 3:30 p.m. Saturday:
According to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, James E. Bigmeat Jr., 44, of Cherokee, NC died Friday evening after driving off the road and crashing into a tree.
A statement from a park spokesperson said Park Rangers believe excessive speed was a contributing factor but the official cause of the collision is still under investigation.
(WBIR-Great Smoky Mountains) A North Carolina man was killed Friday evening after crashing on Newfound Gap Road.
According to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, a 44-year-old man from Cherokee, NC, ran off the road in front of Park Headquarters near Gatlinburg and collided with a tree around 7:15 Friday evening.
Officials said the driver died as a result from injuries in the crash.
A woman who was in the SUV was transported to UT Medical Center. The passenger was a 44-year-old, also from Cherokee, NC.