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Erwin woman dies from injuries sustained in accident

By Richard Rourk

Tragedy struck Unicoi County again on Saturday, Dec. 21, when an Erwin woman passed away from injuries sustained in an accident on Friday, Dec. 20.

According to the Johnson City Police Department, Laurel Banner, 24, of Erwin was scraping ice from her vehicle on Friday morning when a 2016 Scion being driven by Joe Greer, 37, of Gate City, struck Banner’s 2007 Honda Civic. Greer’s vehicle then reportedly struck Banner around the 1000 block of East Watauga Avenue in Johnson City, according to the JCPD.

Banner was rushed to Johnson City Medical Center and succumbed to her injuries on Saturday.

The ongoing investigation is being conducted by the Johnson City Police Department Traffic Crash Reconstruction Team.