A motorcyclist was killed Friday morning when he ran into a backhoe which was crossing Smithville Highway near the entrance to Dibrell School.
The cyclist, J.D. Wilson, 61, died at the scene from massive injuries he sustained when his 2004 Honda ran into the side of the large machine. The driver of the backhoe, Marshall “Toby” Green, 37, who was seated in the cab of the machine, escaped serious injury.
The accident happened around 8:30 a.m. at the intersection of Sullivan Road and Smithville Highway. A preliminary investigation reveals Green was driving a 1992 John Deere backhoe for Warren County Utility District, which is doing work at Dibrell School.
Green had arrived at the stop sign directly across from the entrance to the school and started across the main intersection of Smithville Highway, trying to cross the three-lane portion of the road east to west. The intersection is a bit wider than the regular two-lane highway due to a turn lane for the entrance to the school.
As Green was crossing the highway, he entered the path of the southbound Honda ridden by Wilson, who was traveling toward McMinnville. The cyclist was unable to stop in time as evidenced by a short stretch of skid marks leading up to the impact site which was in Wilson’s lane of travel. The motorcycle hit the backhoe in the side near a wheel just behind the front bucket, likely instantly claiming the life of Wilson, who was wearing a helmet.
According to highway patrolman Al Seitner, the wreck is still under investigation.