Knoxville Police have released the names of the UT students who were involved in a serious accident early Tuesday morning.
The driver of the 2000 Jeep Cherokee that plunged 150 feet down an embankment is Walter Hills, 19, of Jackson. He received minor injuries. KPD officers found him walking around the SUV after the accident.
LiJoyce Bridges, 29, of Humboldt, was ejected from the SUV during the crash. She received life threatening injuries and is in critical condition at UT Medical Center.
Another passenger, Kristen Molnar, 18, of Lemont, IL, was also transported to UT for treatment of what appeared to be minor injuries. She has since been discharged.
No charges have been filed, but KPD says charges are pending after the conclusion of the investigation.
A spokesperson for UT says all three students are freshmen who live in campus residence halls. Molner and Hill are biological management majors. Bridges is in business management.
Police say three UT students were involved in a serious accident early Tuesday morning, after leaving a party in the Fort Sanders area. One passenger was transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.
According to Knoxville Police, the driver of the SUV lost control on Alcoa Highway near the Cherokee Trail exit. The vehicle ran off the road and plunged 150 feet down an embankment.
Officers arrived at the scene of the crash around 5:45 a.m. They climbed down the embankment and found the male driver and a female passenger with minor injuries. Another female passenger had been ejected from the vehicle and had life-threatening injuries.
Knoxville Police say marijuana and drug paraphernalia were found in and near the crashed SUV. Police are in the process of charging the driver with DUI.
The names and ages of the three involved in the crash have not yet been released.