A local man succumbed to his injuries on Thursday after a horrific crash ripped off the top of his pickup last weekend.
McMinnville resident Brandon Gibson, 34, was taken off life support and died Thursday at Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga where he was airlifted following the single-vehicle crash last Sunday around 3 p.m.
“We’ve investigated the crash scene thoroughly,” said McMinnville officer Mark Mara. “We’ve found there were no obstructions in the roadway that would have caused him to leave the road. There were no other vehicles around him that would have caused him to leave the road. And there was no braking at all that we could see. Sometimes you don’t have all the answers you would like to have.”
According to McMinnville Police Depart-ment, Gibson was travelling inbound on Highway 55 when the single-vehicle accident took place. He had just passed the exit ramp in front of WCHS and was about to go over the bridge, but instead of making the slight curve to the left his pickup veered to the right.
Gibson crashed through a guardrail and took down trees as he plowed down a steep, 30-foot embankment. The roof was ripped off his pickup and Gibson was ejected. The pickup came to rest not far from the entrance to the student parking lot at WCHS.
He was the lone occupant.
Mara said speed was a contributing factor in the severity of the crash. A witness reported that Gibson had passed their vehicle shortly beforehand and estimated his speed at 70 to 75 mph. Toxicology results typically take a couple months to receive.
Gibson is the second traffic fatality in Warren County this year. Gardens of Memory will be handling funeral arrangements, which are incomplete.