THP: Trooper saw crash but 'chose to ignore it'

THP officials concluded trooper deliberately drove past the Nov. 26 crash in North Knox County


By Matt Lakin
Knoxville News-Sentinel

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The trooper grabbed his gear and ran to the blazing car — not to save a life, but to put on a show.

"I got out and got my fire extinguisher just to make it look good," Trooper Charles Van Morgan told Tennessee Highway Patrol investigators. "I knew he was dead, but you, you got to do that for the media and everyone else. I was just trying to put on a show."

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