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Ten injured in crash on Highway 78

Saturday, September 4, 2010

The Tennessee Highway Patrol is investigating a crash that occurred on Friday on Highway 78 that injured 10 people, requiring one to be airlifted to the Med in Memphis.

The accident occurred around 6 p.m. just north of the bridge going into Bogota and involved three vehicles. THP Trooper Brian Pulley said the driver of a Ford Focus was headed northbound and attempted to pass some school buses when it struck an oncoming car and reflected off another.

The Ford Focus was driven by Chester Pilgrim, age unknown, Sunny Valley Apartment, Ridgely. He was carrying four other passengers, including a 1-year-old child.

Pulley said the accident was not a head-on collision because one of the passengers grabbed the steering wheel at the last second and was able to turn it. The Ford Focus struck a southbound Dodge Intrepid on the front driver's side, which had four occupants inside it. It then hit another Toyota Camry before going off the road and ejecting Pilgrim from the vehicle. The driver of the Toyota Camry was the only occupant of that vehicle.

Inside the vehicle with Pilgrim were Jeremy Eugene Scott, 22, 500 Riley Road, Ridgely; a 17-year-old female from Ridgely; a 10-year-old child and a 1-year-old child. The 1-year-old was in a car seat at the time of the accident.

Pulley said Scott is the one who was able to turn the steering wheel before the crash.

The driver of the Dodge Intrepid was a 17-year-old female from Ridgely. Her passengers were Jerry Wayne Cole, 22, 766 St. Rt. 79, Ridgley; Dillon Wayne Kolwyck, 18, 519 Bishop St., Ridgely and Desarea Nicole, 24, 766 St. Rt. 79, Ridgley.

The driver of the Camry was Sharon Roberson Banks, 53, 915 McBride, Tiptonville.

All of the people inside the vehicles were taken to Dyersburg Regional Medical Center for treatment, with the exception of Pilgrim who was airlifted to the Med in Memphis.

Pulley said the accident is under investigation and charges are pending against Pilgrim for the cause of the accident. The victims' condition is not known at this time.


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Isn't it a shame that the ability to drive has nothing to do with the ability to get drivers license ?

-- Posted by Lil' Arkansas on Sun, Sep 5, 2010, at 4:43 AM

Spell checker must be turned off again.one car REFLECTED off of another. Nothing says the driver has a drivers license,they didn't even give his age.They had everyones info. except his.Couldn't one of his passengers given that.Acting stupid with a one year old in the car.Charges should be pending for that alone

-- Posted by stepreen on Sun, Sep 5, 2010, at 9:58 AM

aLL ARE RIGHT ON THIS ONE....78 IS a scary road to me ! people don't relize allthe danger on this road .....besides passing a school bus WOW!!!!!!!!

-- Posted by chief_ty20 on Sun, Sep 5, 2010, at 10:56 AM

78 can be dangerous,been driving it for on nigh

55 years,seen crazy drivers on it too.There have been several killed on it too.

A mr.and mrs,Frame ran into the obion river bridge both were killed,A Buddy Sharp ran off the grudge bridge and died.Tommy AlhousenAnd Buddy Green hit a light pole at intersection of 78 and

79 Buddy Green burned to death

There are chance takers on all roads be defencive

watch out for other drivers,leave your self away out

-- Posted by tank2 on Tue, Sep 7, 2010, at 1:17 PM

The buses were going way too slow. The speed limit needs to be changed to 70 mph, so people won't have to worry about going to the hospital after an accident.

-- Posted by Ben Wilson on Tue, Sep 7, 2010, at 3:51 PM

Let's not be so quick to judge. Maybe you should be praying for this person instead of persecuting him. Chester Pilgrim is fighting for his life at the Med, on life support. Let he who is without sin cast the first stone!

-- Posted by pmiotti on Tue, Sep 7, 2010, at 8:02 PM

First, I want to point out that any roads or any drving and any age is DANGEROUS! Folks today have to drive defensively.....I think the driving age should be raised to 18-21 yrs of age. Kids today are irresponsible at anything they do...They do not pay fully attention when driving a vehichle, especially when have a car load! Radio's a blarring, kids are cutting up, laughing, etc. It's ashame that this happens. Just glad the folks had sense enough to have the 1 yr old in a car seat!

-- Posted by liv2ryd on Wed, Sep 8, 2010, at 4:54 AM

I agree with pmiotti. Let's show our community love for Chester Pilgrim. Let's have a fundraiser and buy Chester Pilgrim a fully loaded 2011 Ford Focus to replace the one that he lost in this blameless accident. He doesn't need to be persecuted, but rewarded for his heroic actions.

-- Posted by Ben Wilson on Wed, Sep 8, 2010, at 9:50 AM

A lot of heartless peoplesay terrible things!IMy heart goes out to the ones that are hurt!

-- Posted by chief_ty20 on Wed, Sep 8, 2010, at 9:56 AM


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