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Local teen perishes in wreck

By Richard Rourk

Tragedy struck during the recent flooding in Unicoi County.

William Joshua Cade, 19, of Unicoi County passed away on Thursday, Feb. 7, after the 2006 Toyota Camry he was driving ran off the right side of the roadway on Unicoi Drive and struck a concrete bridge and overturned.

According to an accident report filed by the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Cade was traveling east on Unicoi Drive. The Camry landed on its top in the creek. Cade was wearing his seatbelt.

According to Unicoi County Sheriff Mike Hensley, deputies responded quickly to the accident. “Several bystanders witnessed the accident and called us,” Hensley said. “The car was fully submerged from the flooding. When the officers got there, one officer tied off on a car and another officer tied off to a tree with a rope and got out there in the water to do what they could and the water swept them down the creek. One deputy did receive minor injuries.”

Hensley acknowledged that it was just a tragic situation.

“Our prayers are with this family,” Hensley said. “This is just tragic and we want his family to know we did all we could to save the young man.”.

Cade was a 2019 Unicoi County High School graduate, where he was a proud member of the UCHS band.