Victim killed in Magnolia crash identified; two children in critical condition, officials say

The crash happened around 3:15 Tuesday afternoon on E. Magnola Ave.
Crews with the Knoxville Fire Department responded to a “significant” crash Tuesday.
Published: Jan. 17, 2023 at 3:53 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 19, 2023 at 4:08 PM EST
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - One person died and multiple were injured, including two children, in an East Knoxville crash Tuesday afternoon, according to the Knoxville Police Department.

KPD officers were called to a multi-vehicle crash on E. Magnolia Avenue near Milligan Street around 3:15 on Jan. 17. The crash involved an orange Dodge Charger, a red Dodge Charger and a white Ford explorer, KPD spokesperson Scott Erland said.

According to a KPD investigation, both Chargers were racing down E. Magnolia Avenue and ran a red light at Milligan, hitting the Ford Explorer.

The driver of the Ford, identified as Michael Williams, 65, of New Market, was taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center, where he later died, according to Erland.

Two children—ages 11 and 6—were also transported to the hospital, where they remained in critical condition as of early Wednesday morning.

Following the initial wreck, the orange Charger continued briefly and crashed into an occupied building. Nobody was hurt inside. That home belongs to Breyauna Holloway, who told WVLT News that her two kids were home and upstairs at the time of the wreck.

“Complete carnage; I could not believe what I was seeing. It sounded like a bomb went off,” said Holloway, who is now trying to figure out where to stay while her home is repaired.

The drivers of the Chargers, who were found at the scene, were identified as Trinity Clark, 21, of Knoxville, and Tra’Shawn Glass, 20, of Knoxville.

Erland said both were charged with felony reckless endangerment and drag racing. Clark is in custody, and Glass is in the hospital and will be taken into custody when he is released. Additional charges are pending.

All lanes of Magnolia Avenue from Milligan to Castle were closed for hours, eventually opening at 8:00 p.m.

Now, the family affected is asking for help. Those interested can donate here.

The investigation into the crash remains ongoing.