Child, woman critically injured in HWY 66 crash in Sevier Co.

By: Michael Grider Email
By: Michael Grider Email

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Sevierville Police have charged a man who allegedly caused a six-car chain reaction crash that injured a total of 18 people, including two children and a woman who were seriously hurt, according to the Sevierville spokesman Bob Stahlke.

Stahlke says Randy D. Zlobec, 34, is charged with three counts of aggravated assault, along with vehicular assault, DUI, failure to stop and render aid, reckless driving, criminal impersonation and not wearing a seatbelt.

Stahlke says the aggravated assault and vehicular assault charges are felonies.

Police say Melika Lakhani, 39, and two children, Elina Lakhani and Afratz Lakhani, were taken to UT Medical Center with serious injuries after Zlobec slammed his pickup truck into their Mazda Protege on Highway 66 Monday.

Fourteen other people were injured in the crash, but their injuries were not severe.


SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A child and a woman are in critical condition at UT Medical Center after being airlifted from the scene of a six-car crash on Highway 66 in Sevierville about a fourth of a mile from Gists Creek Road, according to Sevierville spokesman Bob Stahlke.

Stahlke says southbound traffic was snarled for several hours until the roadway was cleared around 4 p.m.

The accident happened around 11:45 a.m.

Stahlke says about 15 people in all were taken to area hospitals to be treated for some kind of injury.

No names have been released, and the cause of the crash is not known.

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  • by kim Location: ga on Sep 11, 2009 at 08:18 AM
    i was coming home with my family and i drove right by the accident to .I couln't believe my eyes i was so heart broke to think that there could be children in that car I'm so happy to hear that no one died our prayers with everyone envolved.God bless
  • by akvisitor Location: alaska on Sep 8, 2009 at 11:29 PM
    My family and I were driving to Gatlinberg when this driver was swerving all over the road. We witnessed him run a red light. a few cars in his way pulled over to let him pass as he nearly hit everyone in his path. About 5 minutes later we drove up to the scene where he had crashed. I am so happy to hear the family in the car survived that horrific crash! I sure hope they put him UNDER the jail!
  • by Patty Location: Indiana on Sep 8, 2009 at 12:24 PM
    We were travelling the opposite direction on Hwy 66. I couldn't stop crying when I saw the accident because I knew there had to be fatalities. I'm so glad to hear everyone survived. My prayers are with everyone and their families.
  • by Michelle Location: Ashland, KY on Sep 8, 2009 at 11:23 AM
    We also were coming from Gatlinburg on our way home and saw this accident. It was the worst I have ever seen. I prayed for that woman and children all the way home. Are there any updates as to their condition? I really don't see how anyone was breathing after that. It was terrible.
  • by Ann Location: Jackson, TN on Sep 8, 2009 at 12:03 AM
    We were coming from Gatlinburg and passed this wreck today. I am amazed that anyone survived. Tragic and terrible picture of this truck on top of a completely mangeled car. Our prayers are with this family.


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