Two teen girls returning from McDonald’s were hit head-on by a pickup that was on the wrong side of the road Sunday night, killing the young driver and leaving the others critically injured.
The teen driver, Promise Harrison, 16, was killed in the head-on crash while her passenger, Sadie Singleton, 14, was critically injured.
She was flown from the scene to Erlanger Medical Center, as was the driver of the pickup that slammed into them, Craig Mears, 56, of Woodbury.
“He was on the wrong side of the highway and had been for some time leading up to the crash,” said Highway Patrol Sgt. Jimmy Jones, noting a witness saw the truck traveling on the wrong side of the four-lane that is separated by a grassy median. “They were trying to get his attention to let him know he was on the wrong side of the road, which he had been for several miles, and they witnessed the wreck.”
Jones said Harrison was driving a 2012 Nissan Versa that was heading westbound, away from McMinnville, when a 2005 Toyota Tacoma, which was heading east in the westbound lane, appeared out of the darkness and hit her vehicle head-on.
The two vehicles hit headlight to headlight at highway speeds. There is no evidence of brake marks prior to impact.
“We believe Mr. Mears was impaired,” Jones said of what could have caused him to be driving on the wrong side of the highway despite a wealth of signs warning motorists they are on the wrong side of the road should they accidentally turn into the oncoming lane.
Charges may be pending against Mears should he survive. Both survivors of the wreck remain in critical condition.