Weekend crashes claim three lives in Sevier County

Sep. 04, 2013 @ 11:25 PM

Authorities confirmed Tuesday a third fatal wreck occurred over the holiday weekend, reporting a local man died early Sunday morning after losing control of his car on White School Road.

Brandon D. Petit, 25, of Sevierville, was driving south on White School Road at about 3:49 am. when he lost control of his car. According to a report from the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the car spun 180 degrees before rolling off the road and down a 20-foot embankment. It landed in a creek bed.

Petit died as a result of injuries sustained in the wreck.

THP Trooper Howard Greenlee reported that Petit appeared to have been speeding when the wreck happened, and was not wearing a seat belt.

Two passengers in the car, both of whom were wearing seat belts, survived the wreck uninjured.

Earlier in the long weekend, a motorcycle rider died when he reportedly lipped his bike. Robert L. Scott, 58, of Sevierville, was driving south on Porterfield Gap Road near the intersection with West Union Valley Road when his bike went off the right side of the road, causing it to flip.

Later Sunday, a third Sevierville man died in a wreck, this time on Chapman Highway near Shiloh Church Road. Bryan Owen, 55, of Sevierville, was driving north when a van operated by Stephen T. Wandell, 56, of Knoxville, crossed the center line and struck his motorcycle.

Wandell had allegedly lost control while trying to stop before striking a third vehicle that was trying to turn left onto Shiloh Church Road, according to a THP report. His car slid into the other lane and struck Owen’s bike.

THP indicated Wandell could face criminal charges in relation to the wreck; a THP spokesman did not respond to a request for an update on that matter.

jfarrell@themountainpress.com