VIDEO: High-speed crash closes Sweet P’s Uptown Corner

Sweet P’s Uptown Corner was hit by a car on Sunday Morning.
On Sunday morning, Sweet P’s Uptown Corner on Tazewell Pike was hit by a car.
Published: Aug. 7, 2022 at 10:47 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 8, 2022 at 4:44 PM EDT
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Posted by WVLT on Monday, August 8, 2022

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - On Sunday morning, Sweet P’s Uptown Corner on Tazewell Pike was hit by a car. A security camera nearby was able to capture video of the incident, but a clock in the upper left of the footage seems to indicate the footage was sped up. WVLT News has reached out to the video’s owner for clarification.

Sweet P’s Uptown Corner was hit by a car on Sunday Morning.

The car crashed into the building at around 5:30 a.m, according to co-owner John Ford. Knoxville Police Department Communications Manager Scott Erland said the driver was not with the car when officers arrived at the scene, and they haven’t been able to identify them.

In a later update, Erland said that officers found a passenger in the car suffering from minor injuries. The passenger reportedly told officers that he had met the driver that night, and was asleep in the car during the crash. Afterwards, the passenger said the driver ran away.

“The passenger told officers that he had just met Donnie that night and described him as a skinny male in his late 30s with possibly long hair. We don’t have anything to indicate it was intentional at this point,” Erland said.

Additionally, the passenger and the owner of the car share an address, according to public records. WVLT News spoke to the car’s listed owner, who said that the passenger is her soon-to-be ex-husband. WVLT News asked Erland about the connection, and he said “we are aware of that connection, but at this point we have not identified or verified who was driving at the time of the crash to my knowledge.”

The barbeque restaurant reported that none of its employees were injured in the accident. The Tazewell Pike location will be closed until further notice, according to officials with the restaurant.

Representatives with the restaurant released a statement.

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