A 43-year-old Macon County man was killed and several others seriously injured, following a Saturday afternoon, April 24, two-vehicle accident at the bottom of the Westmoreland Ridge on Highway 31 East. Billy Randall Likens, of Lafayette, was a passenger in a 1989 Pontiac driven by Ms. Freida Beth Polson, which collided with a 1998 Isuza Rodeo on the rain slick highway with poor visibility.
According to the officer's report, the Isuzu, with Ms. Heather Evans behind the wheel, was traveling northbound on Hwy. 31 E, when she hydroplaned and veered into the lane of the southbound Pontiac, which was unable to stop and struck the vehicle on the passengers side. The Isuzu continued on across the pavement finally coming to rest in a ditch on the south side of the roadway, while the Pontiac remained in its lane of travel.
Ms. Evans was transported to Sumner Regional, in Gallatin, Tennessee, by ambulance and is listed in stable condition and her two passengers, Michael and Bradley Evans were treated at the scene and released. Ms. Polson and her front seat passenger, Billy Likens, were both transported to Sumner Regional Medical Center listed in critical condition and later transferred to Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville, where Mr. Likens passed away. The rear seat passengers, Stevie Polston and Bethany Pryor, were transported by ambulance to the Sumner Regional E.R. and are listed in stable condition.
The investigating officers were Deputy Brian Hutherson and Officer David Arnett.
Funeral services for Mr. Billy Randall Likens are scheduled for Wednesday, April 28th, at 11:00 a.m. from the chapel of Alexander Funeral Home, in Lafayette, with Brother Tony Whittemore officiating and interment will follow in the Haysville Cemetery. He is survived by one son, Billy Randall Likens, Jr.; mother Irene Gass; sister, Angela (Billy) Bandy; brothers, Matthew Likens and Brandon Likens; grandson, Lewis Hayden Likens; and special friend, Freida Polson all of Lafayette.