Loudon crash during police chase kills two, injures one
By Don Jacobs knoxnews.com
Two men were killed and a third injured this morning as they fled in a pickup truck from a Loudon police officer.
The crash occurred about 1:20 a.m. on Highway 72 in Loudon County about a half mile outside the city limits, according to Loudon Police Chief James "Bear" Webb.
"The people our officer was chasing were suspects in a burglary," Webb said this morning.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol is investigating the crash that occurred a couple hundred yards from the intersection with Prospect Church Road. The crash occurred on a curve where the lanes of Highway 72 narrow significantly.
A report filed this morning by Highway Patrol Trooper Rodney Best identified the driver of a 2000 Chevrolet S14 pickup truck as Timothy Hardwick, 45, of Knoxville.
Hardwick was fleeing west on Highway 72 when he lost control and the truck left the right side of the road. The truck overturned down an embankment on the left side of the road, Best wrote.
Hardwick was not using a seat belt and died after the crash.
Also killed in the crash was Travis Lay, 32, of Alcoa, according to Best. Lay was not using a seat belt.
Passenger Johnathan Monday, 34, of Oak Ridge, was injured in the crash. He was taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center where his condition was not immediately available. Monday was not using a seat belt during the crash, Best noted.
Webb said his officers had been looking for a Chevrolet S10 pickup truck believed connected to recent early morning burglaries at Good Fellas Tobacco and Beer Outlet, 1562 Highway 72, and a Jiffy market in the city.
When another alarm sounded this morning at Good Fellas, Loudon police officer Jonathan Yates circulated through the area and saw the Chevrolet truck, Webb said.
Webb was not in his office and did not have access to written reports, but he said he thinks Yates would have chased the truck less than three miles before it crashed.
Yates' cruiser is equipped with a video camera, so the chase and subsequent chase might be recorded, the chief said.
Yates was not injured in the incident.
The Highway Patrol has not released information concerning the crash.
Loudon fatal chase suspects have long criminal records
WBIR.com-The three men who Loudon police chased Tuesday morning have been convicted on numerous charges in Knox County, according to Knox County Sheriff's Office documents.
Driver Timothy Hardwick of Knoxville died in the crash. Hardwick's criminal history record shows he was convicted on more than 20 charges in Knox County. Seven convictions were burglary or theft related.
Passenger Travis Lay from Alcoa also died from his injuries. He had been convicted on five charges in Knox County. Rape and burglary were two of those convictions.
Passenger Johnathan Monday of Oak Ridge is in stable condition. He has been convicted on more than 10 charges in Knox County. Most of the convictions were connected to shoplifting or burglary.
The Loudon Police Department said charges are not pending in the case.
An official with the department told 10News their officers followed proper chase protocol.
Two killed in Loudon crash following police chase