On Tuesday night, August 25th, at approximately 11:15 p.m., a one-vehicle crash occurred on Railroad Bed Road in Collinwood that resulted in serious but non-life threatening injuries to a Collinwood man.
Wayne County Sheriff Shane Fisher stated that dispatch had contacted the Sheriff’s Office regarding a call about a suspicious vehicle on Middle Butler Road. A deputy patrolling in the area spotted a vehicle on Middle Butler Road that matched the description of the suspicious vehicle, and attempted to perform a traffic stop. The driver, who was later identified as Kyler Whitehead, age 18, of Collinwood, allegedly refused to stop, and continued driving on Middle Butler Road at a speed of around 40 mph. When a second deputy joined in the pursuit, Whitehead then turned east onto Railroad Bed Road and began driving at speeds of up to 60 mph.
The accident report filed by the Tennessee Highway Patrol states that Whitehead was driving at speeds too fast for the roadway conditions, and exited the roadway while attempting to negotiate a curve near Lil’ Sis’ Market on Railroad Bed Road. The vehicle, a 2003 GMC Envoy, overturned three times, and Whitehead was ejected from the vehicle.
Whitehead was transported by ambulance to Maury Regional Hospital in Columbia for treatment of reportedly serious but non-life threatening injuries. The THP report states that alcohol or drugs did not appear to be a factor in the crash.