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KPD: Motorcyclist struck by fleeing carjacker on Chapman Highway has died

Police said the person on the motorcycle was ejected off the bike and transported to UT Medical center with life-threatening injuries.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — UPDATE 10 AM MONDAY: The motorcyclist struck and seriously injured by a fleeing carjacking suspect the night of June 4 has died, according to the Knoxville Police Department.

KPD identified him as Berlon Williams, 44, of Knoxville.

Williams had been at University of Tennessee Medical Center since being struck on Chapman Highway near East Martin Mill Pike.

Authorities say Jimmy Beaver, 39, hit Williams as Beaver fled in a BMW he'd carjacked at knifepoint from a man near Cumberland Avenue and 11th Street.

Beaver was arrested at the crash scene.

He's facing charges of carjacking, vehicular assault and aggravated robber.

Beaver is being held in lieu of bonds totaling more than $100,000 in the Knox County Detention Facility. He's due in Knox County General Sessions Court on July 21.

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The Knoxville Police Department said at around 8:42 p.m. officers responded to a carjacking near 11th Street and Cumberland Avenue. The victim told police that he was at a traffic light when a man, identified as 39-year-old Jimmy Beaver, approached his car with a knife

KPD said Beaver drove away in the victim's black BMW sedan. Officers said he was driving recklessly and crashed into a motorcycle on Chapman Highway near East Martin Mill Pike.

Police said the person on the motorcycle was ejected and transported to University of Tennessee Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.

An off-duty KPD officer and UTMC doctor were in the area when the crash happened. They gave the victim medical attention until emergency personnel arrived.

After arriving at the scene of the crash, KPD officers say they arrested Beaver as he was walking away.

He is charged with carjacking and vehicular assault in addition to other charges, KPD said. The investigation is ongoing.

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