Keppel identified as crash fatality
by GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
Jul 17, 2014 | 3125 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tennessee Highway Patrol confirmed the passenger killed in a two-vehicle crash on Highway 11 late Tuesday evening was a Riceville resident.

According to a report filed by THP trooper Pumpy Tudors, Misty D. Keppel, 35, died at the scene. The driver of the Mustang in which she was a passenger, Donald F. Massey, 51, of Cleveland, was possibly driving under the influence of alcohol, according to Tudors.

Massey was critically injured during the crash.

Tudors identified the driver of a Ford pickup truck as Laurel A. Hooper, 35, of Charleston. Neither Hooper nor her husband, Jonathan D. Hooper, 40, were injured.

According to reports, the crash was classified as a “T-bone” type and, although safety-restraints were worn by all occupants of both cars, it was Tudors’ assessment that they would not have made a difference in the outcome of the crash regarding Keppel’s death.

Tudors noted in his report that Hooper’s truck was traveling north on Highway 11 when the Mustang driven by Massey, “turned in front” of the truck, onto the highway. The truck collided with the Mustang in the passenger side causing both vehicles to travel off the roadway in the northbound lane.

Massey was later flown to Erlanger Medical Center for treatment.

Bradley County Emergency Medical Service paramedics initially transported him to SkyRidge Medical Center for stabilization prior to Massey being airlifted to the Level One Trauma Center at EMS.

THP’s Critical Incident Response Team aided in the investigation.

Tuesday’s crash was the fourth recorded fatality on Highway 11 (North Lee Highway) this year and the eighth fatality city and county-wide for 2014.

Tudors noted that further testing for alcohol use was requested and charges could be possible relating to the crash.