People in fatal Oak Ridge crash identified

Jan. 16, 2017: The Oak Ridge community continues to mourn the death of a child in a car crash last week.

OAK RIDGE - A three-year-old child died in a two-vehicle crash in Oak Ridge Friday afternoon, officials said. 

Oak Ridge Police said the crash happened at the corner of Lafayette Drive and Emory Valley Road, and involved a sedan and an SUV.

Four adults and one child were in the sedan, and four adults and two kids were in the SUV, officials said. 

Oak Ridge police officers have created a memorial for the three-year-old killed in a car crash on Friday afternoon. 

Flowers and stuffed animals now mark the spot of the fatal crash. One of the animals has O.R.P.D. written on its heart to show the officers' support. 

The people in the sedan were 58-year-old Xiaoping Wu, 38-year-old Haitao Yang, 59-year-old Haimin Yao, 34-year-old Lan Yao and one unidentified child.

The people in the SUV include 21-year-old Ashley Braden, 23-year-old Jason Braden, 26-year-old Joshua Selvidge, 28-year-old Dustin Sheehy and two juveniles. 

No one in the sedan were injured. Five of the occupants of the SUV were taken to UT Medical Center for their injuries. One child in the SUV died.

One of the adult passengers in the SUV was released from UT Medical Center Saturday afternoon.  No update is available on the other four victims in that car. 

Some of the people in the SUV were pinned inside and had to be extricated, said Sgt. Jeremy Huddleston of Oak Ridge Police.

Police said the SUV was traveling northbound and the sedan was traveling southbound when the crash occurred. The two vehicles hit each other, and the SUV was propelled into a utility pole. 

Oak Ridge officials originally believed the child that died was four years old. They said Monday that they learned that the child was actually three. 

Multiple agencies were on site reconstructing the scene Friday night. This story will be updated when more information is available.

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