A motorcyclist remains hospitalized 10 days after a Saturday night crash at the main intersection in front of Three Star Mall.
The motorcyclist and Warren County resident, David L. Adcock, was on Sparta Street traveling inbound toward downtown McMinnville on a 2010 Harley-Davidson when the accident took place on Oct 3. Upon entering the intersection in front of the mall, Adcock was struck by a 2014 Honda Accord.
Mr. Adcock was reportedly unresponsive immediately following the collision but regained consciousness. He was transported to Saint Thomas River Park by Warren County EMS and was life-flighted from there.
The Honda Accord driver was identified as Edgar V. Lopez/ Aguilar, out of Nashville. He entered the intersection after merging from Highway 70S Bypass. Witnesses say Aguilar ran the red light. He, as well as a passenger, refused medical treatment.
An investigation is being conducted by McMinnville Police Department’s Crash Team. Determined at this time is Lopez did not have a valid driver’s license and Adcock’s helmet was not United States Department of Transportation (DOT) compliant.
“The outcome of the investigation will determine if charges will be sought for possible violations of Tennessee laws,” said Lt. Mark Mara, who heads the Crash Team. “We have been provided blood samples of both drivers and are awaiting blood results to determine if drugs or alcohol could be a contributing factor.”
The accident occurred around 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3.
According to the latest data by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motorcyclists are about 28 times as likely as passenger car occupants to die in a motor vehicle traffic crash.