The parking lot at Junior Food’s, located inside the Lafayette city limits, at the corner of Scottsville and Akersville Roads, was the site of a fatal two-car crash that killed both drivers and sent a passenger by helicopter to Vanderbilt Medical Center, just before noon on Friday, June 3rd.According to Chief Jerry Dallas, of the Lafayette Police Department, who was the first officer to arrive on the scene, 79-year-old Ozie Carter, of Coolidge Road, was driving a white Ford Taurus westbound on the Akersville Road, at an apparent high rate of speed. “Mrs. Carter lost control of her vehicle and veered off the road,” said Chief Dallas, “hitting the left front corner of a 1993 Lincoln, with 58-year-old Barry DeBusk behind the wheel, as he was sitting in the parking lot at Junior Food’s”.
The impact knocked the Lincoln approximately 35 feet and the Taurus went airborne, with the two vehicles ending up inside the parking lot. Both drivers were pronounced dead at the scene by Medical Investigator, Randall Kirby. A passenger in the DeBusk vehicle, next-door-neighbor Jeffery Schuck, was airlifted to Vanderbilt Hospital and has since been released.
“It is very unusual for a wreck of this magnitude to occur inside the Lafayette city limits,” Chief Dallas continued, “and at the speed she was driving it definitely indicates there was a problem. It is just a very sad and tragic accident that is still under investigation by the Lafayette Police Department.”
The Lafayette Police Department is being assisted by the Tennessee Highway Patrol to determine exactly what caused the crash. Mrs. Carter’s body was sent to the Medical Examiners office in Nashville, to confirm if she was having health problems at the time of the deadly accident.
Lafayette Fire Chief Keith Scruggs added, “We worked closely with the Lafayette Police Department to control the scene and the bodies of both the drivers had to be extricated from their cars. Something went terribly wrong and Mrs. Carter accelerated violently and lost control of her vehicle. We don’t know if it was medical or mechanical, but something undoubtedly did happen that caused this tragic turn of events. I had about 15 men on the scene last Friday, and they all did a good job under the circumstances.”
First responders included the Lafayette Police Department, Macon County EMS, Macon County Sheriffs Department, Macon County Rescue Squad, Lafayette Fire Department, and the Macon County Chronicle. Detective Jason Roberts is the lead investigator, with Chief Jerry Dallas assisting.
Funeral services for Ms. Ozie Lee Carter, age 79, of Lafayette were conducted on Tuesday, June 7, at 11 a.m. from the chapel of the Alexander Funeral Home with Elder Barry Miller officiating. Interment followed in the Drury Cemetery. The daughter of the late Floyd Reid and Eva Barber Reid, Ozie was born on March 14, 1932. She was married to Willie Brown Carter, who preceded her in death on August 10, 1990 and she was a member of the New Harmony Missionary Baptist Church.
She is survived by sons, Jimmy Carter and Barry Carter, both of Westmoreland; daughter, Rhonda and husband Jimmy King of Lafayette; grandchildren, Terry Coffee, Derrell Coffee, Jennifer King, Christie Carter, Heather Knight and Matthew Carter; and ten great grandchildren.
Alexander Funeral Home, in Lafayette, was in charge of the arrangements.
Mr. Barry Earl DeBusk, age 58, was born on April 5, 1953, to the late John Henry DeBusk and Mildred Inez Head DeBusk in Ozella, Florida. The youngest of seven children, he was employed at GAP, Inc., in Gallatin as a merchandise handler for the last six years.
Barry was married to Karen Lee Giese DeBusk on October 17, 1981, sharing the last twenty-nine years together, she survives. Christ Alive Church in Lafayette, was where he was a faithful member, trustee, and deacon of the church.
Funeral services for Mr. DeBusk were conducted on Monday, June 6th, at 6:00 p.m. from the chapel of Alexander Funeral Home, with Bruce Kirby Sr., officiating. Cremation followed the funeral service.
Besides his wife, he is survived by daughters, Amanda Lee DeBusk and Elizabeth Corrine DeBusk, of Lafayette and Kimberly Ann of Nashville, Tn.; brothers, Lloyd and wife JoAnn DeBusk and Bill & wife Sharon DeBusk; sister, Rebecca and husband Larry Alt all of Florida; several nieces and nephews, and a host of cousins also survive.
Alexander Funeral Home, in Lafayette, directors.