A single car wreck on Saturday morning in Dickson has left two dead and two more injured as more details are coming out about the incident.
In a preliminary report released by the Tennessee Highway Patrol, 19-year-old Michael T. Fitch of Bon Aqua, fled from a traffic stop in a 1999 Chevrolet Lumina. When Fitch tried to negotiate a sharp right turn when the vehicle crossed the center line into a ditch. The sedan hit a tree on the driver’s side door before it spun sideways into another tree. The car spun one more time before coming to rest between two trees, causing severe damage.
Fitch was injured in the crash along with another unidentified female passenger. 17-year-old Layton Woodard and 17-year-old William Howard, both of Lyles, were killed. As of now, drugs and alcohol are not identified to have been a factor in the crash, but tests have been requested for every member inside the vehicle.
The preliminary report left many with questions about what happened prior to the initial traffic stop that led Fitch to flee. The Dickson County Sheriff’s Office issued a press release on September 11, giving some insight to the initial actions that caused the traffic stop.
According to the press release, Deputy Sheriff Kevin Salewsky observed a car and a motorcycle traveling south on Highway 46 around 12:11 a.m. Salewsky also says he saw the motorcycle and the car accelerate to higher speeds before they started drag racing from a traffic light on Highway 46S until the car swerved into the motorcycles lane, forcing it into the emergency lane.
Deputy Salewsky turned on his emergency lights and attempted to pull over the 1999 Chevrolet Lumina for reckless driving which correlated to someone having an altercation or driving while impaired. The car turned on to old Highway 46 while the motorcycle proceeded on Highway 46S. The vehicle stopped at the end of Old Highway 46. When deputy Salewsky attempted to exit his vehicle, the vehicle fled from the spot and turned onto Tidwell Switch Road.
Deputy Salewsky followed in the direction of the vehicle down Tidwell Switch Road but had lost sight of the vehicle due to high speeds. Salewsky rounded a sharp right turn where he found the Chevrolet Lumina smoking beside a tree.
The investigation is still ongoing and is being conducted by the Tennessee Highway Patrol. As of now, no criminal charges have been filed, although Sheriff Jeff Bledsoe anticipates criminal charges will be filed on the driver.