A seatbelt may have saved the life of a woman who took a wild ride Friday night when she swerved to miss a dog in front of Kidd Ford on Manchester Highway.
“It would have been a lot worse if she hadn’t been wearing her seatbelt,” said Highway Patrolman Kyle Herrin, who investigated the crash.
The driver of the 2012 Nissan Altima, Jennifer Pursley, was taken to River Park Hospital and treated for noncritical injures. The accident happened around 9:30 p.m. on a night where emergency service workers were hustling to answer wreck calls around the city and county. A misting rain made for hazardous road conditions.
Pursley told the trooper she swerved to avoid a dog that was in her path on Manchester Highway and lost control on the rain-slick road. Herrin, who was heading toward McMinnville on the four-lane, ran onto the shoulder of the road where she hit the Kidd Ford mailbox and then ran through a culvert. The culvert helped ramp her vehicle into a utility pole, snapping the wooden pole in half. After striking the pole, her vehicle went into a series of end-over-end rolls.
“She rolled four times, end-over-end, before her car came to rest,” Herrin said, noting the vehicle stopped rolling right at the end of the Kidd Ford sales lot.