Athletes killed in Emory Road crash were not wearing seat belts

Cameron Smith and Brian Jessie / Source: Pigeon Forge Basketball
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Two young athletes were killed in an early morning crash on Wednesday morning.

The Pigeon Forge head basketball coach, Brian Jessie, told WVLT News that 20-year-old Cameron Smith, a former basketball and baseball player at Pigeon Forge, was killed in a crash on East Emory Road. He confirmed that the other person killed was 19-year-old Bryce Collier, a former football player at Gibbs High School.

The Knox County Sheriff's Office responded to the single-vehicle crash near Bell Road and confirmed that Smith and Collier were the victims of the incident.

Jessie said the two knew each other well and were driving to work when the crash occurred.

According to a report from the Knox County Sheriff's Office, the car was speeding west on Emory Road when a witness saw it swerve off the roadway for an unknown reason. The car went into a ditch, hit a culvert and flipped before skidding into a tree. Neither of the boys were wearing seatbelts.

Smith was the 2018 All-State Point Guard.

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