Knox County Sheriff - Sheriff J.J. Jones
Knox County Sheriff News
Deputy Slides Off Road Hitting Two Pedestrians
A veteran Knox County Sheriff’s Officer was involved in a wreck Thursday morning when her patrol car slid out of control on an icy road and hit two pedestrians. Officer Diana McNew was on Shipetown Road near Daffodil when her car hit a sheet of ice and she lost control of her car. Just a few minutes before the 9:00 a.m. incident, another car driven by Deric Leath of Mascot had lost control of his car in the same place and slid off the road. Two girls from a nearby bus stop who knew Leath went over to see him and the three of them were on the passenger side in the road when McNew’s car slid down the hill. One girl was hit by the patrol car’s mirror; it’s unclear how the other girl was struck. Both were transported non-emergency to Children’s Hospital. One of the first KCSO officers arriving on the scene, Frank Phillips fell on the ice and hit his head. He was transported by ambulance to Fort Sanders Hospital where he was treated and released for a concussion.
The girls are identified as 15 year old Senjiwa Hughes of Mascot and 16 year old Kayla McFarland also of Mascot.
The wreck is under investigation and both cars will be inspected. McNew, who has been with the Sheriff’s Office for 16 years, is a school officer at Gibbs Elementary and Gibbs High School. She was on duty and headed to the schools when the accident occurred.