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Update: KPD says troopers could not have witnessed deadly crash after chase

4:29 PM, Mar 16, 2010   |    comments
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The Knoxville Police Department has reviewed dash-cam video from a Tennessee Highway Patrol car involved in a high speed chase.

Investigators say the video shows that troopers could not have seen the fatal crash that killed 22 year old April Keck.

THP terminated the chase because of high speeds.  Investigators believe Keck crashed shortly after THP ended the pursuit.

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Police have requested in-car camera footage from the Tennessee Highway Patrol to determine what role, if any, a high-speed chase played in a fatal crash that killed a woman in south Knoxville.

Sunday, police identified the victim of the crash discovered in a ditch along Chapman Highway as that of a woman who was last seen leaving an Old City bar early Saturday morning.

According to the Knoxville Police Department, 22-year-old April Keck was found Sunday morning.  Her body had been ejected from her Mitsubishi Eclipse, likely more than 24 hours before the crash was found.

Her car was involved in a high-speed chase on Chapman Highway sometime after she left Barley's Taproom early Saturday morning. 


THP on Monday said the chase began at approximately 1:30 a.m. Saturday, when Trooper Charles Van Morgan observed a Black Mitsubishi Eclipse traveling Southbound in the northbound lane on Chapman Highway.

The vehicle stopped in a Family Dollar Store parking lot then sped off at high rate of speed, troopers said.

Due to speed of over 100 mph and wet pavement, Trooper Van Morgan terminated the pursuit according to THP.

KPD spokesperson Darrell DeBusk said Monday it appeared that the chase did not have any bearing on the crash because the chase was terminated several minutes before the crash happened.


The single-vehicle accident was discovered by two people around 9:30 a.m. Sunday.  Keck's Eclipse was found upside down and in a ditch along the 6000 block of Chapman Highway.

Officers say it appears the Eclipse was heading south on Chapman Highway when it crossed over the northbound lanes and ended up in the ditch.

Keck had been ejected and was deceased when officers first arrived at the scene.

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