SUV crash kills one in Loudon County

News Sentinel Staff

A Florida man was killed Tuesday afternoon in Loudon County when he lost control of his SUV on a wet road, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

Willie Mac McKnight, 28, was driving a 1996 GMC Jimmy north on Steekee Road when he entered a curve at Roberts Road at "a high rate of speed," left the roadway, struck an embankment and was ejected, Trooper Carey Hixson reported.

Rainy conditions contributed to the 5:03 p.m. crash, and drug and alcohol tests have been requested, Hixson reported. McKnight wasn't wearing a safety belt, the report states.