According to Davis, Thompson and Deontae Cortez Davis, 32, had launched the boat they were traveling in around 7 p.m.
At 7:38 p.m., initial 911 calls were received about a boat crash near the AbitibiBowater Calhoun Newsprint Operations plant, Davis said.
“They [traveled] downstream from the Charleston Boat Dock and Highway 11 bridge and struck a concrete walk which is used for barge tie-offs,” Davis said this morning.
Passersby on the Hiwassee River attempted to help the couple and reportedly aided Bradley County Emergency Medical Service personnel at the scene.
Thompson was transported to the banks of the river, then onto SkyRidge Medical Center, where she died of head trauma, according to Stan Clark of BCEMS.
Early reports by local television media stated the boaters had struck a pole in the water. They also reported an inner-tube on the boat. Davis said early in the preliminary investigation that he didn’t know what they might have struck.
Today, Davis confirmed the boaters struck the concrete walks.
“They had been cruising on the river,” Davis said, “We are continuing the investigation and an autopsy is planned.”
Deontae Davis was not injured during the crash, according to the TWRA investigator.