Knoxville motorcyclist killed in early morning wreck on Alcoa Highway

A 37-year-old Knoxville man was killed early this morning when a car and a motorcycle collided on Alcoa Highway near Wrights Ferry Road shortly before 6:30 a.m.

Marvin Tilton Bone of Knoxville was pronounced dead at the scene of the wreck that stopped or slowed traffic for much of the morning rush hour commute. Stephen Allen Zane III, 35, of Maryville was cited with failing to yield the right of way.

According to an Alcoa Police Department press release, the wreck occurred at 6:26 a.m. and closed the southbound lanes of Alcoa Highway for two hours. Zane was driving a 2004 Mitsubishi Gallant and was attempting to turn left from Wrights Ferry Road to northbound Alcoa Highway. A 1999 Yamaha ZR1 sport bike operated by Bone was southbound in the outside lane approaching Wrights Ferry Road.

The initial investigation revealed that Zane failed to yield the right of way when he pulled into the path of the sport bike. This is the fourth traffic fatality of the year.

Patrol Division Capt. Rick Arnold said that drivers need to be more patient, adding that. in many cases, a lack of patience can cause a collision.

Arnold said failure to yield and improper following or following too closely are the two most cited causes of accidents and have been for years. On Alcoa Highway, traffic also has become more congested and, because there are several places to cross, there are more opportunities for collisions, he said.

"People have to be patient, but there’s nothing to stop someone from pulling in front of somebody," Arnold said. "We are reaching out to people in the community and asking them to be patient. Just wait until there is a larger gap (in traffic) before you pull out."

Citations are up 100 percent over last year since APD created a dedicated traffic enforcement unit to work accidents and do traffic enforcement. "It looks like it’s going to be a busy year," Arnold said.

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