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Nancy Lazzara, 75, dies in crash
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One person was killed and two were airlifted following a head-on collision Monday on Nashville Highway.
Nancy Lazzara, 75, of Swamp Road in McMinnville, was killed at the scene. Her husband, Melvin Lazzara, 76, was critically injured and airlifted to Vanderbilt. The driver of the other vehicle, Gina McCutcheon, 41, of Woodbury was also critically injured and airlifted to Vanderbilt.
Wet road conditions have been cited as contributing to the wreck, and the fact Mrs. Lazzara was not wearing a seatbelt has been listed as a factor in her death, according to the report from the Tennessee Highway Patrol.
The accident took place at 11:55 a.m. about one mile over the Warren-Cannon County line. The Lazzaras were reportedly on their way to a doctor’s appointment and traveling toward Woodbury in a red 1994 Jeep Laredo at the time of the crash.
McCutcheon was traveling toward McMinnville in a black 2002 Chevy SUV when she reportedly lost control in a curve. McCutcheon crossed the double yellow line and entered the path of the Lazzara vehicle, striking it with the passenger side of her SUV. Mr. Lazzara was driving and did not have time to take evasive action.
Mr. Lazzara and McCutcheon were both wearing seatbelts, according to the report.
A highway patrol investigation is continuing.