published Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

Chattanooga police investigate teenager's death

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Chattanooga police are investigating the death of a 17-year-old who died after he fell while riding on the hood of a car Sunday night.

About 8:30 p.m., the teen and a 21-year-old were riding on the hood of the vehicle in the old Kmart parking lot at 680 Signal Mountain Road. The car was operated by 19-year-old Stephanie Corbitt, who made a sharp turn, causing the teen to fall off and strike his head on the asphalt.

Officer Nathan Hartwig, public information officer for the Chattanooga Police Department, said it's unclear if the incident is alcohol-related. He did not release the type of vehicle or the speed it was going.

"It is very infrequent that we respond to a call like that," he said.

On Monday afternoon, dark tire marks slashed across the parking lot, located just off the main road and partially surrounded by woods.

Tonya Waddell, who works at B&B Discount Sales now in the former Kmart location, said reckless driving plagues the parking lot.

"They speed through. They do [doughnuts]. We had one guy teaching his daughter how to drive in the parking lot. She was slamming the brakes on, almost hitting everything out there," she said. "It's crazy."

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