Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper Gray Gibson reported the driver of a 2002 Dodge Stratus was identified as Jeffrey R. Crackel, 26.
Bradley County Emergency Medical Service paramedics responded to Dalton Pike near Waterville Baptist Church and found Crackel had been ejected from his vehicle, according to Stan Clark, BCEMS information officer.
Crews transported Crackel to SkyRidge Medical Center where he died later, according to Clark and Gibson.
Gibson noted in his report that high speed was a factor in the crash. Crackel was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.
According to Gibson’s report, Crackel was speeding southbound on Dalton Pike when he lost control of his vehicle, crossing over to the northbound side of the road, flipping several times and ejecting him into the roadway.
The vehicle came to rest on its top.
Sgt. Andy Smith of the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office said today that THP, Bradley County and surrounding county and city law enforcement agencies plan to saturate roadways during the July 4 holiday.
Bradley County Sheriff Jim Ruth launched Campaign Lifesaver in late 2011 and continues the public safety program aimed at educating the public about the dangers associated with driving.
THP and BCSO will be meeting today to discuss plans for the holiday and other traffic enforcement options.