Leaving The Scene Of An Accident
Sad ending to new start
The mother of California native Cyle Rippey, who was killed in an early-morning traffic accident Friday, says she wants local residents to know how kind and giving her son was. "I feel like he didn't live here in Shelbyville long enough for people here to get to know how special he was and how many lives he touched," Michelle Kizirian said...
Child hurt in wreck will be okay
A child was flown to a Nashville hospital after a single-car crash early Monday morning on U.S. 41A south of Shelbyville. The child, whose name has not been released, is 3 to 4 years old and was strapped in a car seat that was "crushed" by the impact, State Trooper Chad McAnally said...
Driver in double fatality was speeding, intoxicated: Police
The man charged with the traffic deaths of two passengers in his car was intoxicated and driving at a high rate of speed seconds before the crash, police said. Austin Myles Tomlin, 22, of Stern Lane was charged Wednesday with two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide and one count of reckless driving in connection with the Aug. 1 deaths of Tristan Nichols and Richard Grijalva...
Suspect can't 'get away' from police after wreck
A Lewisburg man was arrested on drug charges after colliding with another vehicle and a large sign on North Main Street early Tuesday night. Witnesses said Regis Anthony Morris, 34, was southbound, crossed the center line and hit the side of a car driven by Heather Bartholomew before running into the base of a streetside sign at Kroger. Bartholomew was checked for cuts to her arms at Heritage Medical Center, police said...
Head-on accident takes life
A Bedford County man died when his motorcycle was struck head-on by a driver in the wrong lanes on U.S. 231 North in Rutherford County early Sunday. William A. "Bubba" Wright, 46, of Shelbyville was southbound on a 2001 Honda motorcycle about 2 a.m. when he encountered the northbound 2000 Dodge Dakota truck driven by Catlina T. Snoddy, 19, of College Grove, according to a report by State Trooper John Flemming...
Shelbyville man killed in I-24 crash
A Shelbyville man was killed Saturday night while driving the wrong way on Interstate 24 in Coffee County. Patrick Shane Rhodes, 35, was driving a 1992 Nissan Sentra westbound in the eastbound lanes near Manchester when his car and a van driven by a Chattanooga man collided head-on, the Tennessee Highway Patrol said...
Court date set in vehicular homicide case
A Murfreesboro man charged with causing the death of a Flat Creek resident last year has an important court date set for August. On Aug. 15, James Wesley Rader, 42, of Millersburg Road in Rutherford County will have to either make a settlement in his case or have a judge set a trial date...
Lots of chickens
A chicken truck, of all things, passes by a truck involved in a wreck involving a crate similar to those on the trailer. The top crate on the trailer of a truck carrying Tyson chickens, driven by Michael Land, flew off after a strap broke and landed in Highway 64 West in front of a truck driven by Josh Lawwell of Wheel, State Trooper Chad McAnally said. No humans were hurt but approximately 240 chickens were injured or killed, McAnally said. A photo taken moments after the accident right, shows chickens covering the roadway. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
Driver rams house and car, takes off
An alleged hit-and-run driver struck and damaged the foundation of a home on Myers Street Saturday night, police said. Nasif Ghaly Mansour, whose age and address are not available, was arrested Sunday afternoon at a Depot Street market with siding from the house still embedded in his van...
Wrong move sends truck into building
The bumper sticker said "stunt driver" -- but, for those inside the county-owned Regions Bank building on the west side of the Shelbyville square, it was no stunt when a truck crashed through a front window late Tuesday morning. "We heard a big boom and glass breaking," said Vickie Hull, who was working inside the building when Martha Helton of Shelbyville lost control of her truck. "It almost sounded like a bomb when it hit."...
Motorcycle rider hurt in bypass crash
Another person was added Tuesday to the ever-growing list of those injured in crashes at the Route 437 Bypass-Fairfield Pike intersection. Anthony Kraft, 46, of U.S. 41A South was hurt when a driver on Fairfield Pike who said she looked and saw no oncoming traffic pulled across the bypass into his path, officer Jon Cooke of the Shelbyville Poliec Department said. Kraft was airlifted to Vanderbilt Medical Center for treatment of several broken bones, investigators said...
Bike rider survives crash with vehicle
A bicycle rider is fortunate to be alive today after being struck by a car on North Main Street at mid-afternoon Monday. Thomas Claxton, 21, of Shelbyville suffered a broken ankle and facial lacerations, Shelbyville Police Department accident investigator Lt. Trey Clanton said. Claxton was airlifted to Vanderbilt Medical Center after initial treatment at Heritage Medical Center...
Hit pole, burned
A driver identified as Dallas Wright lost control of his vehicle and struck a utility pole on Halls Mill Road just outside Unionville late Saturday night, officials said. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
Two from Shelbyville killed in crashes
Two Shelbyville residents were killed in out-of-town car crashes Monday. Debbie C. Atashzay, 63, died on State Route 840 in Williamson County on Monday afternoon, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol. Atashzay was riding in a Cadillac CTS operated by her daughter, Amber M. Atashzay, 26, also of Shelbyville, about 1:30 p.m...
Long slide on Fairfield Pike
Emergency workers look over the car in which Roger Dale Hise of Shelbyville was hurt about 7:15 a.m. today on Fairfield Pike south of the bypass. Hise lost control after a wheel apparently dropped off the pavement, Sgt. James Wilkerson said, and the tire tracks show the car's path. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
Almost into creek
Harold McGee of Mullins Hollow Road narrowly missed plunging into Flat Creek after losing control of his truck on Highway 82 South on the north side of Flat Creek community Monday afternoon. McGee, who was not seriously injured, told State Trooper Chad McAnally he fell asleep at the wheel. No alcohol or drugs were involved, McAnally said. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
Fairfield Pike wreck
Two were hurt when this truck overturned Wednesday afternoon on Fairfield Pike about two miles east of Cascade Schools. Jessica Cota of Highway 64 East, the driver, was airlifted from the scene (see helicopter in background) to Vanderbilt Medical Center with pelvic injuries, State Trooper Dallas Rife said, and passenger Steven McCullough was treated and released at Heritage Medical Center. ...
Total team effort in accident response
It took teamwork to bring Janice Vick to safety after she lost control of her SUV on State Highway 130 south of Shelbyville and ran down an embankment early Wednesday afternoon. Bedford County firefighters cut the hood and dash of Vick's SUV as she gives information to State Trooper Steve Sanders. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
Suspect charged in fatal accident
After seven months' investigation, a suspect has been arrested in the Aug. 31, 2013 traffic death of a Flat Creek man. James Wesley Rader, 42, of Millersburg Road in Rutherford County was picked up by Shelbyville police Monday afternoon. Rader is charged with vehicular homicide and failure to render aid, accident investigator Lt. Trey Clanton said. He was being held without bond at Bedford County Jail pending a bond hearing Tuesday...
Mason's miracle: 2-year-old recovering, slowly
Slow but steady recovery continues for 2-year-old Mason Carney, who's scheduled to make a major move this week. "He's doing better," Mason's father, Josh Carney, said Monday. Both were injured Feb. 24 when a truck slammed into the back of their car on U.S. 231 in Christiana. Mason's car seat was thrown from their vehicle after the impact severed the seat belts...
Support boosts Carney family
"We are humbled by the outpouring of support," Josh Carney said Tuesday night from the bedside of his 2-year-old son Mason, who faces a long recovery from injuries sustained in a traffic accident Monday in Christiana. "It's a long road ahead but we're hoping for full recovery."...
2-year-old injured as seat thrown from car
A Shelbyville man and his young son are fortunate to be alive after a Monday night crash on U.S. 231 in Christiana. Two-year-old Mason Carney's car seat was thrown approximately 60 feet from the Nissan Maxima driven by his father Josh Carney, 35, due to what the Tennessee Highway Patrol calls a 'seat belt failure" when the car was struck in the rear...
El Bethel wreck
Adriana Vincent of Old Hickory was injured in a wreck on El Bethel Road about a half mile off U.S. 41A about 7 a.m. today, State Trooper Jackie Smith said. She was pinned in for several mintues. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
Child's parents arrested following DUI accident
The parents of a 7-year-old boy were arrested on child endangerment charges after a DUI crash Sunday night. Venus Denise Reed, 32, was driving on Union Street when she was involved in the collision, police said. She allegedly admitted taking Xanax and drinking half a beer and was "having difficulty waking due to her level of intoxication," officer Chris Vest's report said...
Two injured in latest major bypass crash
Two people were injured in a crash at the dangerous intersection of Highway 437 Bypass and Fairfield Pike at mid-morning Thursday. A car driven by Raleigh Maria Moore, 17, of Shelbyville was northbound on Fairfield Pike, pulled into the path of a truck driven by Gary Thomas Zeller, 60, of Edd Joyce Road, was struck and knocked into an SUV driven by Gina Ruth Hall, 44, of Winchester, police said...
No children hurt as car hits school bus
The sight of a car ramming the back of a school bus on Fairfield Pike was scary for two witnesses. Fortunately, they soon discovered the driver had already completed her run and was headed to park the bus. "It was just a jar," bus driver Billie Jo Juarez, 42, of Frank Martin Road said of the crash at the Chestnut Drive intersection...
Trail of Damage
Bystanders look with amazement at the path which the smashed Mustang took after the driver lost control on Thompson Creek Road late Monday morning. Holly Thomas, 19, was identified as the driver by State Trooper Dallas Rife. She was airlifted from the scene to a Nashville hospital. A trail of car parts indicated Thomas's car ran into the treeline, downing one large tree, before overturning one or more times. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
8 hurt as van overturns
Eight people, including three women bystanders were told are pregnant, were hurt when their van overturned north of Deason on U.S. 231 late Wednesday afternoon. Three victims were airlifted to Vanderbilt Medical Center and three more taken by ambulance, investigators said, with two who were less seriously hurt driven to nearby Heritage Medical Center...
UPDATE: 41A crash leaves one seriously hurt
One of the drivers in an early morning accident Friday east of Shelbyville suffered a serious elbow injury, investigators say. Phillip Swinford, 19, of Elora in Lincoln County was airlifted to Vanderbilt Medical Center after initial treatment at Harton Regional Medical Center in Tullahoma on his left elbow, State Trooper Chad McAnally said...
Motorcycle crash victim identified
The identity of a man killed in a motorcycle crash Wednesday night near Wartrace has been released. Arriving rescue personnel discovered the body of Justin Ryan Wrobel, 24, of Shelbyville near his motorcycle. Wrobel lost control of the motorcycle on State Route 269 (Wartrace-Bell Buckle Road) about a half-mile north of the Horse Mountain Road intersection and ran into a ditch, officials said...
Survival by inches: SUV crashes into office, narrowly missing worker
Lisa Boyle credits divine intervention for her survival. Moments after she narrowly escaped injury Wednesday when an SUV missed her by inches as it smashed into an office building, she said an angel was right there with her. "I had an angel lift me out of my desk," Boyle said...
Drivers of both cars were hurt at mid-morning Saturday on Horse Mountain Road between Shelbyville and Wartrace. Pamela Henry of Manchester, driver of the Mustang, told State Trooper Barry Qualls she was adjusting the car's radio and drove across the center line into the path of the BMW driven by Robert Hodge of Wartrace. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
Hit-and-run suspect charged after car found
A driver was charged with leaving the scene of an accident following a collision Monday on Madison Street. Casey Lee Ward, 26, of Moody Street allegedly ran into the back of a car driven by Charles Darnell of Shelbyville on Madison Street, police said. The car, with a smashed windshield and serious front end damage, was found by officers moments later behind a Lane Parkway business...
Did you see this SUV?
The SUV believed to have struck a motorcycle, killing the rider, in Shelbyville early Saturday has been recovered in Rutherford County. Authorities are trying to determine who was driving, and are asking for the public's help. Anyone seeing the 1999 Chevrolet Suburban between midnight and 6:30 a.m. Saturday is asked to call Shelbyville police, 931-684-5811...
Accidental gunshot leaves man dead
A Shelbyville man was accidently shot and killed during a skeet shoot early Monday night at his home. David Peoples, 41, was operating a skeet machine for a juvenile hunt on Barnett Road, Sheriff Randall Boyce said today. "Two shooters would step up, shoot and turn around and walk off," Boyce said. "One of them turned around, was walking away and the gun went off."...
Hard hit: Wreck damages mailbox, flips car
Bricks from the mailbox of Michael Dill are scattered along Highway 130 East after Leslie A. Dotson, 28, of Prestonsburg, Ky., ran off the roadway and struck a culvert Sunday afternoon. A witness told State Trooper Chad McAnally that Dodson, who was westbound toward Shelbyville, just ran off the road. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
Driver charged following serious crash
Vehicular assault and DUI charges have been filed against a driver in a two-vehicle collision Thursday on U.S. 231 North near the entrance to Candlewood Estates subdivision. Mary Ann Reed, 70, of Candlewood Estates was arrested several hours after she pulled from the subdivision onto U.S. ...
Missed animal causes wreck on bypass
Shannon Parks of Bell Buckle, second from right, describes how she lost control of her truck on 437 Bypass just off North Main Street to Sgt. Mike Davis of the Shelbyville Police Department. Parks said she swerved to miss a "brown animal," got into gravel and slid through a culvert into a field. She suffered cuts but was not transported to a hospital. Davis noted he has seen deer in the area of the crash. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
Man killed in ATV accident
A Shelbyville man was killed after losing control of an all-terrain vehicle Saturday afternoon in southern Bedford County. Kenny Anthony King, 20, was southbound on Mount Herman Road and failed to negotiate a curve, according to State Trooper Barry Qualls' report. The Honda 450E four-wheeler ran off the left side of the road and struck a tree, Qualls said...
Biker loses life on Narrows Road curve
A young Shelbyville man was found dead near his crashed motorcycle south of the city late Thursday night. Michael Cody Tawwater, 21, was thrown from the 2012 Kawasaki ZX-R motorcycle after losing control on a sharp turn on Narrows Road, according to a report filed by State Trooper Tommie Boleyn...
Off the road
A Tullahoma man was flown to Vanderbilt Medical Center on Wednesday morning after losing control of his truck and driving into a wooded area off U.S. 41A South in the Davis Hill area. Jerry Spencer, 66, who was northbound, possibly became ill before the crash, State Trooper Wesley Vick said. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
Crash kills 2
Both riders thrown off a motorcycle near Haley died of their injuries over the weekend. Robert John Pendlebury, 56, of Wartrace lost control of the westbound Harley Davidson STC motorcycle on a sharp curve on Haley Road approximately three-fourths of a mile east of Three Forks Bridge, State Trooper Chad McAnally said...
Drivers allegedly try to flee after wrecks
In addition to a traffic fatality near Wartrace and a serious crash on Bethany Lane over the weekend, several other crashes occurred in an accident-filled weekend. Five Xanax pills were discovered in a vehicle involved in a three-car accident Saturday on North Main Street at Hickory Drive...
Driver critical after wild SUV ride
A trail of damage described by a Shelbyville accident investigator as "looking like a tornado hit" was left behind when a man lost control of his SUV on Maplewood Drive early Sunday. Eric L. Young, 38, of Shelbyville was listed in critical but stable condition at Vanderbilt Medical Center on Monday after being thrown from the SUV during the wild ride...
Wrecked vehicle not on fire after all
Rescuers feared the worst Sunday afternoon when reports were received of an overturned, burning car with a victim trapped inside on U.S. 231 South a half-mile south of Snell Road. But they found the Infiniti containing Molly Elizabeth Bain, 42, of Nashville was not burning -- just a small portion of a utility pole where wires had touched -- and she was conscious when removed. Bain was airlifted to a Nashville hospital from a nearby field. She told State Trooper Chad McAnally she was southbound and simply ran off the road. (T-G Photo by David Melson)
Motorcycle fatality removed from record
A Murfreesboro man found responsible for an motorcycle accident that claimed the life of his wife in 2010 had his record expunged Thursday. John David Haynes had his name cleared after spending a year on judicial diversion -- a probation period which ended in May, after being found guilty last March of reckless endangerment, a Class A misdemeanor...
Biker loses part of leg
An motorcycle rider from Ohio was seriously injured early Sunday night after losing control of his motorcycle on Kingree Road entering Shelbyville. Melvin D. Hudson Jr., 53, of Toledo lost a portion of his right leg in the crash, police said. The crash occurred about 6:15 p.m...
Crash pins truck driver
A truck driver was seriously injured when he was struck by a van while closing the rear door of his trailer Monday afternoon on Colloredo Boulevard. Herman Clark, 57, of La Vergne, a driver for Averitt Trucking, was pinned for several minutes between the trailer and the front end of the van, police said...
Crash takes life of youth
A Shelbyville youth was killed late Monday afternoon when he was thrown from a Jeep in which he was riding, officials said. David Garner Pitner, 11, died at the scene of the one-vehicle crash on Gowen Drive between Fairfield Pike and Evans Street, according to Shelbyville police...
Driver without license, insurance causes wreck
An unlicensed driver with no insurance on his vehicle was arrested following an accident Monday night on Quarry Street at Green Lane, police said. David Lucas Tadeo, 21, of Bridlewood Drive turned himself in at police headquarters a short time after the accident...