Pierce Corcoran, dead at 22

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Pierce Kennedy Corcoran, 22, athlete and member of a well-known local family, died Saturday in a multi-vehicle crash on Chapman Highway. An employee of Federal Express for five years, he was completing certification as a personal trainer. He graduated from Grace Christian Academy in 2015.

Pierce Corcoran

His father is Captain D.J. Corcoran, public information officer for the Knoxville Fire Department, and his aunt is Knox County Clerk Sherry Witt. The family will receive friends 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 1, at Central Baptist Church of Fountain City. Survivors also include mother Wendy Corcoran, sister Avery Pressley and brother Connor Corcoran. Obit details here.

Darrell DeBusk of the Knoxville Police Department said officers responded to the crash in the 4700 block of Chapman Highway near Gwinfield Drive at about 6:30 p.m. Dec. 29. Corcoran and his passenger, 21-year-old Jade Adams of Smyrna, were taken to UT Medical Center where he was pronounced dead and she was treated for non-life-threatening injuries. Both were wearing seat belts.


Franco Cambrany Francisco-Eduardo, 44, of Oak Ridge was driving a Chevrolet truck headed north on Chapman Highway when it veered into the southbound lanes of traffic and hit Corcoran’s Honda Civic, which was headed south. Two other vehicles were involved in the wreck, but no one reported personal injuries.

Francisco-Eduardo was arrested and transported to the Roger D. Wilson Detention Facility where he is being held without bail, according to DeBusk.

Updated: 9 p.m. 12/31. KPD has charged Franco Cambrany Francisco-Eduardo, 44, with criminally negligent homicide in addition to charges for not having a driver’s license and having no proof of financial responsibility, which means he did not have driver’s insurance. Arrest records also showed there was a hold for immigration (ICE). Atty. Gen. Charme Allen said her office is currently reviewing the case but cannot comment on pending matters.

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