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Timothy Mayse and Kerri Whitehead were killed in a possible tire-failure car accident

Carter County, Tennessee – Roan Mountain witnessed a devastating incident on Wednesday at 8:45 p.m., resulting in a fatal two-vehicle collision on U.S. Highway 19E. The Tennessee Highway Patrol has identified the victims as Timothy Mayse, 42, and Kerri Whitehead, 22.

According to the initial report by the Highway Patrol, the accident occurred when Timothy Mayse, driving a Ford Taurus, was traveling northbound on Highway 19E with Kerri Whitehead as his passenger. Tragically, the Taurus veered across the center line, colliding head-on with a southbound Toyota Sienna, driven by Robert Brinkley II, 56, who sustained injuries in the crash.

Based on the investigation and analysis of the roadway evidence, the Highway Patrol suggests that a potential right rear tire failure might have caused Timothy Mayse to lose control of the Ford Taurus. As a result, the Taurus crossed into the path of the oncoming Toyota Sienna, resulting in a collision with a significant impact on the passenger side door.

The severity of the accident led to the closure of Highway 19E for an extended period. Carter County Sheriff Mike Fraley and his deputies worked diligently to manage the traffic flow, redirecting vehicles onto detours around the accident site.

This is a devastating accident that will leave the families of the deceased mourning the loss of loved ones

I am deeply sorry to learn of another tragic accident caused by a sudden tire failure that has left multiple dead and one injured. Unfortunately, tire failure accidents are more common than most realize and may be caused by factors completely outside the control of the driver.

Our firm is currently handling many similar accidents across the nation. In one case, a young man was fatally killed while traveling to New Mexico in his Ford Explorer. After making a brief stop, the young man’s left-rear tire failed, causing the driver to lose control of the SUV and roll over. The young man lost his life during the rollover sequence. His family has brought a lawsuit against the tire manufacturer to hold them accountable for the preventable crash.

We are handling another similar accident in Florida. Our client’s deceased husband was on his way to work when his front-right tire blew out. He was not able to maintain control of the vehicle as it tipped over, trapping the victim in the cab of the truck, killing him, and leaving his wife a widow.

These are two of many accidents similar to this one that we are currently handling across the nation. Families affected by these accidents need support and answers. Our clients have found support through others that have gone through similar situations. Our clients are available to help those affected here.

This accident will need to be investigated to ensure the surviving families and injured man are not left without a right to hold any wrongdoer accountable for this crash. If the tire proves defective, or if a third-party negligently repaired or replaced the tire, the family should be provided the opportunity to hold them accountable, recover the compensation they need to move forward without the burden of financial worry and receive the answers as to what went wrong.

I offer my deepest condolences to all involved during this difficult time of grief.


The Ammons Law Firm represents clients nationwide in catastrophic injury and wrongful death litigation, with extensive experience in complex auto/tire defect and commercial vehicle cases.

Disclaimer: This post is not legal advice. Information contained in this blog was compiled from third-party sources or is the opinion of the author. Please inform us immediately if false or misleading information is contained in this post.

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