A sheriff’s deputy on his way to the scene of an accident on Old Shelbyville Road on Friday afternoon unintentionally caused a separate wreck on West Main Street.
Schroeder Wallace, 34, was driving west on West Main when a sheriff’s patrol car came up behind him with flashing lights and sirens on. The deputy was on his way to the scene of an accident which had just occurred at the intersection of Old Shelbyville Road and Laws Road.
“I wasn’t thinking. It happened so fast,” said Wallace. “The sheriff’s patrol came up behind me and I just tried to move to get out of his way.”
Wallace veered to his left and into the turning lane where Bliss Zechman, 19, had just entered to turn left onto Lind Street next to Hardee’s. Wallace’s minivan collided with the front driver’s side of Zechman’s car.
Zechman, on her way home from college, was almost home when the accident occurred.
Neither Wallace nor Zechman appeared hurt, although Zechman was visibly shaken. Zechman was favoring a hurt wrist, which most likely occurred when her airbag deployed.
When an authorized vehicle is responding to an emergency, Tennessee Code Annotated 55-8-132(1) urges motorists to yield the right of way and immediately drive to a position parallel to, and as close as possible to, the right edge or curb of the roadway clear of any intersection. TCA advises motorists to stop and remain in such position until the authorized emergency vehicle has passed, except when otherwise directed by a police officer.