Motorcyclist killed in crash on John B. Dennis Highway in Kingsport

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KINGSPORT, Tenn. (WJHL) — Police say a motorcyclist was killed in a crash Wednesday evening in Kingsport.

It happened in the 2600 block of North John B. Dennis Highway, near the Mama’s House restaurant, around 6 p.m.

The Kingsport Police Department says a Yamaha motorcycle operated by John W. Williams, 29 of Kingsport, was traveling south when it struck the side of a Chevrolet work van.

Williams was killed in the crash. The two occupants of the van were not injured.

“When the collision occurred, the van was exiting a private parking lot and crossing southbound traffic in order to complete a left turn to northbound North John B. Dennis Highway,” KPD said in a release. “While the van did in fact pull into the path of the motorcycle, other contributing factors are believed to be involved.”

Based on witness statements and evidence recovered at the scene, investigators believe the motorcycle was traveling at an excessive speed, which contributed to the crash.

The southbound lanes remained closed for more than three hours. Traffic has returned to normal.

The crash remains under investigation.

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