Two taken to hospitals after accidents

From Staff Reports

   Three accidents occurred on Sunday afternoon that resulted in two individuals being transported to area hospitals, according to authorities. Two of the accidents involved motorcycles.
   Around 5 p.m., Carter County Sheriff's Department Officer Kenny Cornett said separate accidents had occurred at Watauga Lake, Roan Mountain, and the Siam Community.
   At approximately 7:30 p.m., Tennessee Highway Patrol Officer Brad Proffitt contacted the STAR concerning the one-vehicle motorcycle accident that occurred near Watauga Lake involving a 24-year-old male driver and his 17-year-old female passenger.
   Derick Jack, of 171 Sims Hill Road, was traveling north on U.S. Highway 321 Sunday afternoon near Watauga Lake when he lost control of his 2002 Yamaha motorcycle while rounding a curve at a high rate of speed. "He hit a slick spot, and the rear slid first, then (the motorcycle) turned over," Proffitt stated.
   Both passengers were thrown from the vehicle, which slid several feet and came to rest in the southbound lane.
   Jack sustained no injuries, while his passenger, Keshia Aliff, of 617 Claremont Rd., Johnson City, was transported to Sycamore Shoals Hospital for a possible concussion. Proffitt said hospital officials also planned to x-ray Aliff for internal injuries.
   Jack was charged with reckless driving and breaking the financial responsibility law. Proffitt stated witnesses reported Jack exhibited reckless driving before the accident occurred. "They (witnesses) said he was driving recklessly, passing in no-passing zones, and then, moments later, he crashed," said Proffitt.
   According to CCSD officers, an individual who was injured in either the Roan Mtn. or Siam Community accident was transported to Johnson City Medical Center. However, officers were not releasing any other details surrounding those incidents at press time.