Blount deputy hit by motorist; deputy identified
Iva Butler (email@example.com)
Deputy James Patty, 44, was taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center by Rural/Metro Ambulance Service where he was treated and released for a knee injury.
Deputy Patty was standing at the crash scene in the left hand lane on U.S. Highway 411 South near Brickmill Road when a vehicle struck him with the driver’s side front of the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle was cited for violating Tennessee’s “Move Over Law.”
Tennessee’s Move Over Law states that the driver of a vehicle must yield the right-of-way by making a lane change not adjacent to the emergency vehicle if on a highway of having at least four lanes, or if the highway has less than four lanes, proceeding with due caution, reduce the speed of the vehicle, maintaining a safe speed for road conditions, if changing lanes would be impossible or unsafe.
The original accident that Patty was assisting with occurred at approximately 6:13 a.m. Robert Louis Lane, 49, of U.S. 411 South, was pulling out of his driveway in a 2005 Dodge Ram when he pulled in the path of Dwayne Ray Myers, 50, of Dalton Street, Alcoa. Myers was traveling south on U.S. 411 South in a 1989 Chevrolet pick-up truck.
Myers was taken by Rural/Metro Ambulance Service to the University of Tennessee Medical Center for non-life threatening injuries. Lane refused treatment at the scene. Myers was not wearing a seatbelt, and there was no airbag deployment in either vehicle, according to officials.