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KPD identifies man killed after SUV crashed in pond

5:07 PM, Dec 31, 2012   |    comments
  • Rescue crews on scene of a submerged car at Northshore at Northshore Town Center Blvd. 12/31/12
  • Rescue crews on scene of a submerged car at Northshore at Northshore Town Center Blvd. 12/31/12
    
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Update 4:00 p.m.

Knoxville Police have identified the man killed when his SUV crashed into a pond early Monday.

According to the preliminary investigation, it appears the 1998 Toyota 4-Runner driven by Tyler Wheatley, 23, of Knoxville, was traveling south on Northshore when it ran off the right side of the road.  Wheatley then over-corrected, went back across both lanes of Northshore, hit a guardrail and flipped over onto its top, landing in the water.  

Wheatley was wearing a seatbelt.  An autopsy will be performed to determine the exact cause of death.

Update 12:00 p.m. 

The man who was found in the submerged vehicle has been pronounced dead at UT Medical Center.  His name has not been released.

Northshore Drive remains closed, but is expected to reopen in the next hour.

Update 9:43 a.m.

Monday morning commuters on S. Northshore will need to bypass a section of the road near the entrance to the Northshore Town Center for a couple of hours. 

KPD accident reconstructive crews will be investigating why a Toyota 4-Runner ended up in nearby water, sending a male victim to the hospital.

A police spokesman tells 10News that a driver saw a vehicle's tire sticking out of a body of water near the road around 8:00 a.m.

Crews recovered a male victim who was transported to the UT Medical Center.  Authorities are treating the incident as a cold water drowning.

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Before 8:00 a.m. Monday morning, rescue crews were dispatched to check out a partially submerged car at S. Northshore and Northshore Town Center Blvd. according to Knox County dispatchers.

A spokesman with the Knoxville Fire Department told 10News dive teams examined the car.

10News has a crew en route.

Stay with 10News and wbir.com for the latest on this developing story.

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