A man was killed Wednesday morning when he pulled in front of an oncoming vehicle on Nashville Highway as he was heading to work.
The man, Kendal Wooten, 27, was pronounced dead on arrival at Saint Thomas River Park Hospital. The driver of the other vehicle, Katie Phillips, 19, was taken to River Park for treatment of noncritical injuries.
According to Highway Patrolman Wade Myers, the wreck happened around 7 a.m. at the intersection of Airport Road and Nashville Highway when Wooten failed to yield the right of way as he pulled out of Spring Valley Road heading across the highway.
Wooten entered the path of an eastbound 2004 Volvo driven by Phillips and was struck on the passenger side. The impact threw his 2001 Ford Ranger into a nearby ditch, coming to rest on its side. Wooten, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was partially ejected causing his fatal injuries.
“A seatbelt would have made a difference,” the trooper revealed, suggesting the accident would have been survivable had the victim not been thrown out of the passenger compartment on impact. “Ms. Phillips was wearing a seatbelt and was not seriously injured despite the heavy damage to her vehicle.”
Investigators believe Wooten was heading to work since his place of employment was nearby. Phillips was heading to school.
Traffic was routed around the wreck site for over an hour as LifeForce helicopter landed on the four-lane and lawmen investigated at the scene. The wreck marks the 17th fatality on Warren County roadways this year.
Obituary information for Mr. Wooten is available on 2A.