Driver indicted in fatal test drive crash

A man is being indicted after a test drive ended in a fatal crash. (WVLT)
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- An indictment has been handed down after a 2018 test drive ended in a deadly crash on Clinton Highway.

24-year-old Jefferson Williford was killed in the wreck.

Steve Randall Ratliff was charged with vehicular homicide, failure to yield, failure to exercise due care and running a red light and indicted on May 13, 2019.

Knoxville Police Department said a Mercedes on a test drive was traveling west on Clinton Highway and ran a red light. According to KPD, the Mercedes hit a VW going north on Callahan and pushed it under a semi-truck going south on Schaad Road.

Investigators said the driver and only occupant of the VW Jetta was transported to UT Medical Center where he later died. The driver and passenger of the Mercedes were both injured and transported to UT Medical Center with what appeared to be non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the third vehicle, a semi-truck, was not injured.

Williford was the driver of the Volkswagen.

Police said the driver of the Mercedes was identified as 69-year-old Steve Ratliff, of Dandridge, and the passenger was identified as 58-year-old Monica Hatfield of Mascot.

The investigation into the cause of the crash was ongoing as of Wednesday afternoon.