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Single-car accident kills teen passenger

Speed and possible careless driving killed a 17-year-old boy and seriously injured the driver in a fiery car crash Sunday evening when the car crossed the center line, traveled off the left side of the road and then struck a tree.

According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the single-car accident happened after 10 p.m. Investigators believe that the car left the roadway and struck a tree and became immediately engulfed in fire. The 17-year-old male driver and the passenger were both able to escape the vehicle before the fire spread. The teens were then transported to Holston Valley Medical Center, where the passenger later died from his injuries.

The teen driver was in critical condition, but was recently upgraded to stable condition Monday afternoon. Both teens were believed to have been wearing their seat belts when the accident occurred, but investigators believe that speed may have played a part in the accident.

Car accidents like this one can have serious consequences for everyone involved, especially if you've been injured in one. You could miss work, your bills pile up, and you worry if your insurance company will cover your losses. An experienced personal injury attorney can help you deal with any insurance issues that may come up relating to your personal injury claim. Your attorney will pursue mediation and negotiation to get you the financial compensation that you deserve. Every case is unique and an attorney will provide you with the best approach that fits your situation.

Authorities in this case report that charges are pending in this car accident.

Source:, "Church Hill teen killed in Sunday night crash," Rain Smith, Feb. 13, 2012

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