Funeral arrangements announced for Union Co. officer killed in crash

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Funeral arrangements have been announced for the Union County Reserve Officer killed in a motorcycle crash Wednesday morning.

Andrew Davidson's family will receive friends Saturday, April 5 from 4pm-8pm in the Claiborne High School Auditorium.

A Celebration of Life will be conducted Sunday at 11am in the Claiborne County High School Auditorium. Burial will follow in the Jones Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Claiborne-Overholt Funeral Home to help with expenses.

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Investigators say a motorcycle was driving down Maynardville Highway when it crossed into the other lane. The crash happened on the 6200 block of Maynardville Highway next to the Breadbox convenience store.

THP investigators say tractor trailer coming from the opposite direction could not swerve in time and hit the motorcycle head on.

Union County Rescue Squad were the first on the scene, and pronounced the motorcycle driver, 18-year-old Andrew Davidson, dead.

Davidson was training to be a reserve officer with Union County.

"Just trying to hold ourselves together be there for the Davidson family if they need us," said Sgt. Donnie Shipley, an advisor for Davidson. "Andrew had a great love for law enforcement. He had a great love for people. I guess the thing that we can all remember most about Andrew is that great smile and those bright blue eyes that we'll never forget."

The driver of the tractor trailer was taken to the hospital for evaluation. Investigators say drug tests were administered, but the driver's results came back negative. No charges are expected to be filed.

The THP says preliminary findings show speed was a main factor in the crash.

Davidson had started with the Union County Sheriffs Office Explorer program in 2011. He also worked as a corrections officer in Grainger County and a volunteer for the Tazwell New Tazwell Volunteer Fire Department where his dad was the Fire Chief.

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