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Lafayette Woman Dies in 31E Wreck


A deadly, three-vehicle wreck happened shortly after 4 a.m. Friday morning, July 8, in Westmoreland, killing two women – one from Lafayette – and injuring a man.

The two deceased victims have been identified as 39-year-old Holly Briley of Lafayette, and 80-year-old Lola Maxey of Louisville, Kentucky. The injured man was Willie Bowling.

The wreck happened on Highway 31E near Phillips Hollow Road.

According to Sumner County Sheriff Sonny Weatherford, when reached by telephone, Bowling was behind the wheel of a southbound white Ford pickup and Holly Briley was also driving southbound on 31E in a Nissan Altima. A northbound black Hyundai, driven by Lola Maxey, crossed over into the southbound lane. The driver of the truck swerved and hit his brakes to avoid hitting the Hyundai, and Briley’s car slammed into the back of his pickup, knocking him into the ditch.

“The Hyundai missed the truck but hit Briley’s vehicle in the front quarter panel and the driver’s door,” said Sheriff Weatherford. “The Hyundai spun around in the roadway and also landed in the ditch.”

“Holly Briley was pronounced dead at the scene,” confirmed Sheriff Weatherford. “Lola Maxey was flown by medical helicopter to Vanderbilt Hospital where she later died.”

Bowling was carried to Sumner Regional Medical Center for treatment.

 Lola Maxey had been reported missing from Louisville, Ky. for 24 hours when the wreck occurred.

 Funeral services for Holly Diana Briley, age 39, of Lafayette, were held Monday, July 11th, at 1 p.m. from the chapel of Family Heritage Funeral Home, in Gallatin.

Holly is survived by fiance William White, of Lafayette; sons, Tyler Dewayne Briley of Portland, Jordan Allen Lynch of Orlinda, Cody Lee McCloud of Franklin, Ky., and Benjamin Lee McCloud of Franklin, Ky.; sister, Jessica Briley of Portland.