Walker Valley High School teen killed in July 7 crash
by By GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
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A McMinn County crash killed a Walker Valley High School student and the driver of the lone vehicle involved could face charges.

According to a report filed by the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Keyai Crenshaw, 19, died and two other occupants of the vehicle were injured. Another passenger refused treatment, according to trooper William Patterson.

Tristan Simpson, 26, of Cleveland was listed as the driver.

Patterson noted the crash occurred last Sunday, just before 1 p.m.

The Ford Explorer was headed southbound on Interstate 75 in McMinn County during heavy rainfall.

Simpson reportedly lost control of the vehicle and it left the roadway, striking a tree then “rolling several times.”

None of the occupants were using seat belts, according to the report.

Injured were Trina Vonner, 48, of Chattanooga and Simpson. Joseph Walton, 30, of Cleveland refused treatment.

Vonner was transported by ambulance to Erlanger Medical Center. Simpson was taken to SkyRidge Medical Center.

According to the report, Crenshaw was taken to Athens Community Hospital where he died later.

Patterson noted in his report that alcohol was not believed to be a factor in the cause of the crash; however, drug use was a possibility. Testing has been requested, according to his report.

Patton Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements for the Crenshaw family.