A Macon County man and a Scottsville, Kentucky teenager are both dead following a Thursday morning, October 21st, head-on collision, on Highway 52 West, half a mile outside of the Lafayette city limits, in the dip below Fox Run Estates.

 

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Sixty-five-year-old Thomas Wayne King, of Lafayette, who was behind the wheel of a 2000 Toyota Camry, was driving west on Hwy. 52, when for unknown reasons an east bound 1995 blue Honda Civic, which was driven by 18-year-old Kenneth Bandy, of Scottsville, apparently crossed the center line striking him head on, killing both drivers instantly. Spinning around a couple of times after the initial impact, Bandy’s vehicle came to rest in the eastbound lane heading toward town, while King’s vehicle jumped the guardrail and traveled down an embankment, before finally coming to a stop, according to the investigating officer, Trooper Gerald Carter, of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, who was assisted by Sgt. Ashley Mercer.

“Once again, within the last few weeks my team headed to the site of a devastating accident,” said Chief Keith Scruggs, “but unfortunately when they arrived they realized both drivers had died at the scene. But my team held up very well under the circumstances and stayed for the duration of the incident providing safety and security before extricating both victims, after CIRT assessed the situation.”

The Lafayette Police Department and the Macon County Sheriffs Department closed off all east and west bound traffic on that stretch of highway from Key Road to Cedar Bluff Road while the investigation was completed. The State of Tennessee Department of Transportation and the Macon County Highway Department both assisted in traffic control as well, with barricades at the designated points. Air Evac was on stand by, but was called down after emergency personnel realized the victims were both deceased.

Those responding to the 5:50 a.m. crash site included the Macon County Sheriffs Department, Macon County EMS, Macon County Chronicle, Lafayette Fire Department, Macon County Rescue Squad, and the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

Many of you may remember Thomas King, or Tom as he was better known, for his devotion to the Lord and dedication to his wonderful family. Being the character that he was, you could always count on being uplifted, when in his presence. He served the living God with humbleness and grace, and his singing was a great talent that surely came from above. He sang in different Quartets throughout his life, and was a song leader at his church. A faithful member and deacon at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, he will be greatly missed by his family and church, leaving a tremendous void in many lives.

Funeral services for Tom King were conducted on Sunday, October 24th, 2010 at 2 p.m. from the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church with Elder Walter Andrews, Elder Ricky Wilson, Elder G.W. Knight, Elder Ricky Holland and Brother Jimmy Kelley officiating. Interment followed in the Galen Cemetery with Military Honors.

Kenneth Bandy, better known as Little Kenneth, was a senior at Allen County High School, in Kentucky, and had been an employee of McDonald’s in Lafayette, but had recently gone to work as a farmhand for Al Pedigo in Fountain Run, Kentucky. The young man, who loved and cared deeply for his family and friends, was extremely happy that he was engaged to be married to his fiancée, Amanda Doss, and was expecting a little girl in five weeks. He will truly be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Funeral services for Kenneth Bandy were conducted Monday, October 25th, at 1 p.m. from the chapel of Alexander Funeral Home in Lafayette, Tn., with interment following in the Macon County Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers included James Bradfield, Ryan Huskey, Dustin Bandy, Cole Billingsley, Daniel Hickey, Lee Reed, Chase Jones, Steven Carver, Adam Vanderboss, Tim Stevens, Bradley Blankenship, Logan Stovall, Taylor Bennett and Scott Shelton.

Alexander Funeral Home, Directors, was in charge of arrangements for both families.