A Tennessee Highway Patrol report named Ashley D. Didona, 21, as the driver of a Honda involved in the three-vehicle crash near Exit 20 just after 8 a.m.
Didona reportedly was traveling southbound when her vehicle left the roadway and crossed the grass median into the oncoming traffic of the northbound lanes.
According to a report filed by trooper Cameron Azbill, Didona’s car collided with a Hyundai Sonata driven by Calvin D. Blaylock, 42, of Chickamauga, Ga.
Didona’s car then struck another vehicle driven by Margaret J. Hall, 43, of East Ridge.
Bradley County 911 reports said Didona was trapped inside her vehicle.
Cleveland Fire Department, Cleveland Police Department, Bradley County Sheriff’s Office and Tennessee Highway Patrol responded to the scene along with Bradley County Emergency Medical Service.
According to Stan Clark, information officer with BCEMS, Hall was assessed at the scene while Blaylock was taken to SkyRidge Medical Center for treatment.
Didona was pronounced dead on the scene, according to Clark.
Azbill’s report noted that all persons involved in the crash were wearing safety restraints.
According to data from the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, Didona is the 20th person to die in Bradley County as the result of a vehicle crash.
Azbill noted in his report that investigation is continuing into the cause of the crash.
“We continue to educate motorists about the importance of safety and paying attention to their driving,” said Capt. W.G. Campbell of the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office.
According to statistics compiled by BCSO’s Traffic Unit, most fatal crashes this year have been related to drivers not being attentive.
“Seat belt usage is up, which can greatly increase the chances of drivers and their passengers in the event of a crash. We are watching for those who are texting or doing other things while driving which takes their attention away from the roadways,” said Sgt. Andy Smith.
“Going into the Christmas holiday season, we want to make sure everyone is able to get to their intended destinations in a safe manner. Our deputies and traffic unit will be watching for violators and will be issuing citations to drivers who violate driving laws,” Campbell said.