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Kingsport couple face false reporting charges in fatal crash

Rain Smith • Sep 27, 2018 at 3:37 PM

KINGSPORT — Although police still believe a motorcycle rider killed last week was operating his bike recklessly when he crashed, two people have been arrested for allegedly lying about who was operating the SUV that was involved in the incident. 

As previously reported, the fatal wreck occurred at about 6:15 Friday night. A 2001 GMC Yukon — originally believed to be driven by Henrietta R. Weaver, 23 — was turning left off Greenway Street to head north on Union Street. Meanwhile, a Yamaha R1 operated by Johnny D. Berry, 26, of Church Hill, had turned off West Stone Drive, then headed south on Union at a reportedly high rate of speed.

As Berry topped the crest of a hill, according to independent eyewitnesses, his front tire was off the ground, and the Yamaha then struck the driver’s side of the GMC. Berry was transported to Holston Valley Medical Center and later pronounced dead.

A Thursday press release from the Kingsport Police Department says investigators have since learned that Weaver was not operating the SUV — and was not even at the scene of the crash when it occurred. They now say that her boyfriend, William J. Caporiccio, 29, was behind the wheel.

According to the KPD, Caporiccio’s license had been revoked, and Weaver responded to the scene to falsely claim she was the driver. The Kingsport couple have been jailed for false reporting, a Class D felony. Caporiccio was additionally charged with driving on a revoked license and failure to have insurance.

Meanwhile, the events of the crash continue to be investigated by police.

“It is important to note that the findings regarding the crash itself remain unchanged,” said KPD Public Information Officer Tom Patton. “Based upon evidence at the scene, corroborated by independent eyewitness testimony, investigators still believe that the motorcycle was being operated at a high rate of speed, and the front wheel was off the ground as it crested the hill just prior to impact.”

Early Thursday evening, Caporiccio remained jailed on $4,000 bond, while Weaver was held on $3,500 bond.

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