Jesse Alcorn

A young Scott County man was killed and several others were injured in a grinding, near head-on collision on U.S. Hwy. 27 at the Oneida city limits Friday night.

Jesse Alcorn, 19, of Winfield, died Friday night of injuries sustained in the two-vehicle accident, which occurred at High Point shortly after 10 p.m.

Alcorn was driving a 2017 Ford Focus that collided with a pickup truck. Passengers in the vehicle with Alcorn included his girlfriend, Macayla Newport, 19, of Huntsville, and her 10-year-old brother.

Alcorn graduated from Scott High School in 2018. He was the son of Robert Alcorn and Terri Chambers.

The driver of the pickup, a 2017 Chevy Silverado, was Tracey Coffey, 36, of Helenwood. She was also injured. 

A third vehicle, a 2017 Toyota Tundra, was also involved. It was driven by Nathan Hinckley, 39, of Speedwell, Tenn. Both he and his passenger, 40-year-old Amy Hinckley, were uninjured.

According to a report filed by Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Stephen Barclay, Alcorn’s vehicle was northbound on U.S. 27 when it veered into the southbound lane and struck Coffey’s vehicle in an offset head-on collision. The pickup spun around and came to rest facing north in the southbound lane of the highway, while the Focus continued on and struck Hinckley’s vehicle in the right front. The Focus spun around and came to a stop in the northbound lane of the highway, while the Tundra came to a stop in the turn lane.

U.S. 27 was closed in both directions after the accident occurred. Traffic was rerouted onto Detour Road from the High Point Bridge at Niggs Creek Road to Airport Road by way of Galloway Drive in Helenwood.

Lifestar landed at the accident scene. 

Alcorn was pronounced dead at Big South Fork Medical Center emergency room.

Trooper Barclay noted in his report that a seatbelt, which was not worn by Alcorn but was worn by the passengers in his vehicle, as well as the occupants of the Toyota Tundra, would have made a difference in the outcome of the accident.

Among the numerous emergency personnel responding to the scene were Oneida Police Department, Scott County Sheriff’s Department, EMS, Scott County Rescue Squad and Oneida Fire Department.

In a Facebook post Saturday morning, Macayla Newport described Alcorn as “such a kind hearted and sweet soul.”