A local man rushing to the scene of a motor vehicle wreck on Wednesday caused another one.
The accident caused by urgency occurred at the intersection of Manchester Highway and Fair Street in front of Hullett’s Tire at approximately 12:45 p.m.
State trooper Rodney Whiles said Dakota Dunn, 22, reported that he was responding quickly to a motor vehicle accident and ran the red light.
“Mr. Dunn received a phone call that his girlfriend was involved in an accident in Cookeville,” said Whiles. “He was traveling inbound toward McMinnville on Manchester Highway when he failed to stop at the red light.”
His black 2017 Nissan Frontier collided with a 2013 maroon Toyota Tacoma driven by Morrison resident Arry Jack Youngblood, 80, who was on Fair Street and attempting to cross the intersection, from the tire shop traveling toward downtown Morrison. The impact caused the Nissan to veer right, skid down an embankment and come to rest in a ditch.
All airbags in both vehicles deployed and that may have prevented a more serious injury, said Whiles.
“Mr. Youngblood was transported by Warren County EMS by ground to Saint Thomas River Park. Mr. Dunn had minor injuries. He was able to exit his vehicle and assist Mr. Youngblood. All the airbags in both vehicles deployed. I think the airbags deploying were a major factor in why the injuries were not more serious.”
Dunn was cited for failure to exercise due care.
More than two people are killed every day on U.S. roads by drivers blowing through red lights, according to data analysis performed by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. That amounted to 939 deaths in 2017.