Mystery surrounds the cause of a single-vehicle wreck that occurred Wednesday night on Lagoon Drive that left two people seriously injured.
Involved in the crash were driver Aaron S. Fann, 26, of McMinnville, and Mark E. Locke, 16, of Christiana, Tenn. Although their conditions are unknown at press time, both were described as seriously injured at the scene.
According to a preliminary investigation by McMinnville Police Department, their Chevy Silverado was traveling from Mullican Street toward Faulkner Springs Road just after 7 p.m. when it left the roadway. Police Sgt. Mark Mara said the unknowns begin at that moment.
“For some unknown reason, the vehicle drifted off the roadway and went through several yards in a straight line and struck a tree at the top of the hill. It hit the tree in the center front of the vehicle. That was on a property on Lagoon Drive.”
The exact distance the vehicle traveled is yet to be determined, but there were no signs of braking.
“We didn’t see any braking,” said Mara. “Speed could have been involved, but we aren’t sure why there was no braking before impact with the tree. They hit other objects as well before striking the tree -- a bush and some sort of decorative light pole in a driveway. We would expect to see some braking, but there was no evidence of it.”
Fann reportedly climbed from the vehicle.
“I do know that neither occupant was wearing a seatbelt,” said Mara. “Both the truck’s airbags did deploy. Both occupants were seriously injured. The driver was able to get out of the vehicle. The passenger was unconscious and remained unconscious.”
Both were transported to Saint Thomas River Park Hospital by Warren County EMS. Locke was later airlifted to Erlanger.
An investigation continued Thursday.
“This is not a well-traveled road,” said Mara. “It’s a straight road where the crash occurred. There’s really no known reason why the vehicle left the roadway. We’ll be back out there today continuing our investigation.”
Citations are pending completion of the investigation.