Great Smoky Mountains National Park Rangers responded to a report of a single-motorcycle accident on the Foothills Parkway West at approximately 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 11. Rodney Bowers, 70, of Greenville, S.C., lost control of the 2017 Kawasaki motorcycle he was driving resulting in a single-vehicle accident approximately 6 miles east of Chilhowee Lake along the Foothills Parkway. A female passenger, Janice Cadotte, 56, of Greenville, S.C., died as a result of her injuries.
Park Rangers, Blount County Sheriff Department Officers, and American Medical Response (AMR) emergency medical services responded to the scene. Bowers was transported by AMR to the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville. No additional details are available at this time.
– National Park Service release