4 die in fatal Marion County car crash, 1 injured

SOUTH PITTSBURG, Tennessee (WDEF)- Four young people died in a car crash early this morning including the driver, 20-year-old Johnathan Allen. The other deceased passengers were, 22-year-old Jayven Martin and 20-year-old Sayveon Martin, and a 16 year old juvenile. A fifth person is in the hospital injured.

According to Tennessee Highway Patrol the accident happened around the 11 mile marker of South Pittsburg Mountain Road.

“I wish there was some type of magic potion so you could, like pixie dust, sprinkle it on somebody and bring them back,” said Ashley Mayfield.

A Candle Light Vigil was held, at the South Pittsburg Football field, to honor their memories.

“All four of the young men, who passed away, were members of our football team so this was a fitting place to have a candlelight vigil for them,” said Principal Paige Hill

“He loved to be here. He loved to be under the lights. His grandmother passed away in 2020 and he played for her,” said Mayfield.

Hundred of people came out, to the vigil, to remember those lives lost. What they called true community support.

They said they were overtaken by emotions, with so many people walking into the stadium to honor those impacted.

“There are just no words, for this, for a community. We’re a close-knit community and this is very devastating to all of us because all of us know these children,” said Hill.


Four young people have died following a crash on South Pittsburg Mountain Rd early Saturday Morning according to Tennessee Highway Patrol.

According to Tennessee Highway Patrol the accident happened around the 11 mile marker of South Pittsburg Mountain Road.

There will be a Vigil Saturday night at 7:00.

SPHS posted “There will be a candlelight vigil at Beene Stadium at 7:00 pm tonight. Everyone is invited to attend. Thank you for the outpouring of love shown today and in the days to come. Please keep these families in your prayers. If you are a minister, counselor, or healthcare worker, we would appreciate if you could be there. Our community needs you. We are just devastated.”

South Pittsburgh Mountain Voluteer Fire Department post on Facebook:

“At approximately 2am on June 4, 2022 the South Pittsburg Mountain Volunteer Fire Department was paged out to a Motor Vehicle Accident on South Pittsburg Mountain Rd. When units arrived on scene, New Hope Fire/Rescue was requested for Rescue Mutual Aid. This incident was a major accident that has had a huge affect on our community. We ask that everyone please say a prayer for the families and friends of all those involved and also the members of South Pittsburg Mountain Volunteer Fire Department, New Hope Fire/Rescue, Marion County Sheriff Office, South Pittsburg Police, Tennessee Highway Patrol, and Puckett EMS who responded and worked this accident. Everyone has been effected by this incident. This will take time to process and work through. There is a Candle Light Vigil at 7pm on June 4, 2022 at the South Pittsburg High School Beene Stadium. Everyone is invited to attend.”
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