Family and friends remember pair killed in Blount County wreck

By: Allie Spillyards Email
By: Allie Spillyards Email

BLOUNT COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) - Families and friends remembered 16-year-old Amelia Keown and 45-year-old John Perkins Wednesday after a head-on collision that killed both Tuesday afternoon.

Investigators believe Perkins was heading north on Highway 411 near Binfield Rd. when his 1999 Chrysler Sebring convertible crossed the turn lane into oncoming traffic. His car struck Garton's 1999 Ford Taurus.

The investigating trooper reported he had clocked Perkins at 73 mph and was trying to turn around before the crash, according to THP spokesperson Dalya Qualls.

Perkins was rushed to UT Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 2:00 a.m.

Both drivers were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.

"She was the light of the world. She had a smile that no matter what room, it lit up the entire room. She loved life," said family friend Raeleen Harnes.

Harnes said Amanda was headed home to get her forgotten pom poms for dance class at the time of the accident.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol ordered a toxicology report. It's still awaiting the results, but it said it's very unlikely there will be any charges since both drivers are deceased.

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