THP: 2 dead, 2 injured after vehicle runs red light in Hawkins County


Editor's Note: The original report from THP stated that Jimmy Gilliam died in the crash. While he did die from his injuries at a later time, it was Betty Gilliam, the second backseat passenger in the Rogue, who died at the scene.

ROGERSVILLE, Tenn. (WJHL) — A woman and man both died after a truck traveling south on Highway 11W Tuesday night ran through a red light as another vehicle was turning left onto the highway with a green arrow, according to a report from the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP).

The THP report states that a 2019 Chevy Colorado crashed into a 2016 Nissan Rogue that was carrying three people — the driver and two backseat passengers — as it attempted to turn onto 11W from Park Boulevard during a green arrow.

The driver of the Rogue was injured. One backseat passenger, Betty Gilliam, 83, died in the crash. The other backseat passenger, Jimmy Gilliam, 85, received life-threatening injuries, which he succumbed to Wednesday.

The driver of the Colorado, identified by police as Jason Honaker, 39, was injured.

The report reveals that criminal charges are pending, and police continue to investigate the incident.

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