Two dead in Chapman Highway accident

Nov. 15, 2013 @ 10:56 AM

(Editor's note: Reports obtained from the Tennessee Highway Patrol on Thursday initially identified one of the victims as being born in 1966. She was actually only 16-years-old, it was later learned).

A local man was cited for disregarding a traffic signal and could be facing more criminal charges after allegedly causing a wreck that killed and grandmother and granddaughter Thursday morning.

Joey R. Mannon III, 38, of Seymour, was driving south on Chapman Highway when he allegedly ran the red light at Tittsworth Springs Road and struck a car driven by 16-year-old Caitlyn D. Coates, also of Seymour, as she turned onto the highway.

Mannon struck the car on the driver’s side door, according to a report prepared by Tennessee Highway Patrolman Rod Parton.

Coates died in the collision, along with her passenger, 56-year-old Robin D. Miller, of Seymour. Miller was later identified as Coates' grandmother.

Mannon was injured in the wreck and taken to a local hospital for treatment.

THP investigated the accident and cited Mannon Thursday afternoon for running the red light; he could also be facing additional criminal charges.

jfarrell@themountainpress.com