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UPDATE: Identity released of Hixson man killed in Knoxville crash

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KNOXVILLE - UPDATE: Alcoa Police have identified the man killed in a crash on Alcoa Highway as 35-year-old Eric Eatherly of Hixson.

Eatherly was a passenger in a 2012 Chevrolet Corvette driven by his father, Joseph Eatherly, 61, of Oak Ridge, according to a news release from Alcoa Police Chief Phillip Potter.

Joseph Eatherly was listed Tuesday in critical condition at the University of Tennessee Medical Center, police said.

UPDATE: Police in Alcoa, TN say that a Hixson man was killed and two people were injured in a crash on Alcoa Highway this morning.

The crash that occurred at 6:37 a.m. on Alcoa Highway near the McGee Tyson airport.

Officers at the scene reported that a 61-year-old Oak Ridge man was driving a 2012 Chevrolet Corvette southbound on Alcoa Highway. According to witnesses, the man was in the right hand turn lane at the Airport Hilton, and then turned left in an attempt to make a U-turn.

While attempting the U-turn, the Corvette was struck by a 2004 Ford Escape, driven by a 48-year-old Knoxville woman.

The Oak Ridge man's son, a 35-year-old Hixson man, was a passenger in the Corvette, and was killed as a result of the crash according to a police news release.

The Oak Ridge man was critically injured and was taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center.

The Knoxville woman was also taken by ambulance to UT Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

Officers do not believe drugs or alcohol were factors in the cause of the accident.

The crash is still under investigation, and names will be released pending notification of family members.

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