A couple was critically injured Thursday night when a car slammed into a tree off Sparta Highway at Campaign.
The driver, Tamika Crisp, 37, is in critical condition at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She was airlifted from nearby Friendship Baptist Church by AirEvac. Her passenger, Marcos David Sandate es Carcega, is under treatment at Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga. He was taken there by ambulance from River Park Hospital.
According to Highway Patrol Sgt. Billy Prater, the accident happened around 11:30 p.m. at the intersection of Old Sparta and New Sparta Highway in front of Campaign Church of God. Evidence suggests Crisp came to the end of Old Sparta Highway in her 2002 Honda Accord and failed to stop at the stop sign.
“She crossed both lanes and ran up onto an embankment,” Sgt. Prater revealed. “Then the car struck a tree.”
The car came to rest on the side of the embankment. When first responders arrived they were told there was a third passenger in the vehicle and that the victim had been ejected. A search of the scene revealed nothing and it was later discovered the injured passenger was mistaken when he claimed another person had been in the car. The fact was confirmed when a friend call Crisp’s phone while officers were working the wreck. She revealed they had all been together earlier in the evening and that it was just Crisp and Carcega in the car when they left them.
An investigation continues into the cause of the crash. Neither of the victims were wearing a seatbelt.