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Sullivan County man charged in wreck that injured county native

By Richard Rourk

A Sullivan County man has been arrested after allegedly fleeing the scene of an accident that sent a Unicoi County man to the hospital with multiple injuries.

Edward Scott, 40, was arrested in Sullivan County and transported back to Unicoi County following a reported hit and run near Sugar Hollow Road off of Unicoi Drive on Oct. 21.

According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol’s (THP) accident report, Scott’s Geo Tracker crossed the center line and struck Austin Green, 24, on his Harley Davidson motorcycle. Green was ejected several feet. 

Scott faces numerous charges, according to law enforcement, including leaving the scene of an accident, reckless aggravated assault and evading arrest. According to the report, it is believed that Scott was under the influence of alcohol. 

Unicoi County Sheriff Mike Hensley gave an update of Green’s condition. 

“He is in the hospital. I just spoke with him and he is in good spirits,” Hensley said. “He is a remarkable young man and our prayers are with him and his family. He has a long road ahead of him.”

Hensley confirmed that Green did suffer a leg amputation because of the accident, but is in the process of getting a prosthetic. 

“I know he is in the process of getting a prosthetic and thankfully there have been numerous advances in that field,” Hensley said.
Prayers and the hashtag #prayersforaustin have been circulating on social media and Unicoi County Joint Economic Committee President Lee Brown recently opened the latest JEDB meeting with a prayer for Green and his family. 

“He is a great young man with his life ahead of him,” Brown said. “We pray that the Lord will heal him.”