UPDATE: Driver in deadly Texas Ave. wreck identified

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Police have identified the man killed in a single-car wreck on Texas Ave. Friday night. Norman Connaster, 53, was riding in a car when it ran off the road shortly before 9:00 p.m. Friday night, police said.

According to a KPD spokesperson, Connaster was the passenger in a 2009 Toyota Yaris driven by Joyce Scott.

Police say the Yaris was heading west at a high rate of speed on Texas Ave. when it went off the road and hit a utility pole. The car then flipped and struck the Ken Smith Auto Parts building, 2622 Texas Ave.

Scott was taken to UT Medical Center with what were described as non-life threatening injuries. Connaster was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officials say alcohol may have been a contributing factor.

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