- [S4] Knoxville News-Sentinel (Tennessee), 2 Jun 2011.
WEAVER, JOSHUA WAYNE "WEAVER" - age 19 passed away on May 30, 2011. He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Edna Weaver. Survivors include mother, Anita Lynn Martin; stepfather, Ronnie Rogers; brother, Turner Chase Martin (6yrs.); grandfather, Phil Weaver; aunt, Willa Mae Ramsey; and best friend, Clay Albright. The family will receive friends from 6-8 pm on Wednesday, June 1st at McCarty-Evergreen Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held at Eastview Memorial Gardens at 10 am on Thursday, June 2nd. Pallbearers will be Clay Albright, Willie Hardwick, Enoch Wiggleston, Scott Laycock, Channing Beeler and Justin Beavers. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to help offset the funeral expenses. Condolences may be offered at www.mccartyevergreen.com
- [S4] Knoxville News-Sentinel (Tennessee), 30 May 2011.
A 19-year-old man was killed in Sevierville early today when he lost control of the motorcycle he was riding and went over a hill, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol.
Joshua W. Weaver, of Knoxville, was traveling along Gist Creek Road on a 2006 Suzuki about 12:15 a.m. when he made an illegal left turn at a high rate of speed, the THP report states.
“A Sevierville city officer activated emergency equipment to stop (Weaver) and lost contact when (Weaver) went over a hill,” according to the report.
Weaver lost control of the motorcycle and came to stop on the right shoulder, the document states.
He was wearing a helmet.
Trooper Michael Turley, who investigated the crash, noted that safety restraints would not have made a difference in Weaver’s accident.
It’s unknown if drugs or alcohol were involved but tests have been requested to determine if they were, the report states.
More details as they develop online and in Tuesday’s News Sentinel.
- [S106] The Mountain Press, 1 Jun 2011.
Motorcyclist dies in Monday wreck
by JEFF FARRELL
SEVIERVILLE —A Knoxville man died Monday when he lost control of his motorcycle shortly after a Sevierville police officer observed him make an illegal turn at a high rate of speed.
Joshua W. Weaver, 19, of Knoxville, was driving on Highway 66 when a Sevierville police officer saw him turn onto Gist Creek Road at a high rate of speed, according to Detective Kevin Bush of the Sevierville Police Department.
The officer turned on his siren and emergency lights, but was unable to catch up to the motorcycle, which had already passed over a hill in that area, he said.
The officer activated his siren and emergency flashers, but lost sight of Weaver when the motorcycle went over a hill.
At some point, Weaver lost control of the bike and it came to a rest on the right shoulder of the road. It was unclear if drugs or alcohol played a part in the wreck. Tennessee Highway Patrol is investigating the wreck, and ordered routine blood tests.
Weaver was wearing a helmet, according to the THP report.
- [S51] The Seymour Herald, (www.smokymountainherald.com), 1 Jun 2011.
man dies in motorcycle crash
By Ben Lawson
A high speed chase claimed the life of 19-year-old Joshua Weaver on Sunday when he lost control of his motorcycle.
According to a Sevier County Sheriff’s deputy familiar with the case, three motorcycles were initially pursued by Pigeon Forge police officers for speeding, but were lost when they split up.
One of the drivers was Weaver, driving a 2006 Suzuki. He was later spotted making an illegal left turn by a Sevierville police officer. The officer pursued, but briefly lost contact with Weaver on Gist Creek.
Weaver apparently lost control on a sharp turn while doing in excess of 100 miles per hour, taking him over a hill and snapping a tree in half. He died at the scene.
It is unknown at this time what factors motivated him to run.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol is handling the case, but the investigating trooper could not be reached for comment.