Throughout the years, Highway 10 South has taken the life of many Macon Countians and one more was added to the list on Tuesday afternoon, September 6th, when a 59-year-old Lafayette man died in a single vehicle wreck heading toward town.Paul Brockette was driving a northbound Chevrolet Tracker, when he attempted to negotiate a left turn curve and lost control due to the wet road conditions, according to THP Sgt. Ashley Mercer, who investigated the 4:30 p.m. crash. “Mr. Brockette was fatally injured after he traveled across the south bound lane striking a utility pole and the embankment,” stated Sgt. Mercer, “overturning and partially ejecting him from the vehicle.”
His wife, Shelia Brockette, age 53, who was a passenger in the Tracker, suffered minor injuries and was transported by the Macon County EMS to Macon County General Hospital.
As emergency personnel were working the accident, Fernando Pacheco Matias, age 22, came around the curve in an older model van at a high rate of speed narrowly missing several people at the site. After his vehicle was stopped, he was arrested at the scene and taken into custody by Sgt Mercer. He was later charged with DUI, reckless endangerment and no drivers license. His court date is set for October 26th.
The Hartsville Road was closed for several hours from the 52 intersection to Meadorville Church, with the Lafayette Police Department assisting.
The Macon County Sheriffs Department, Macon County EMS, Lafayette Fire Department, Macon County Rescue Squad, Tennessee Highway Patrol, and the Macon County Chronicle, all responded to the wreck site.
Funeral services for Paul Brockette were conducted on Friday, September 9th, at 2 p.m. from the Alexander Funeral Home with Comer Meadows officiating. Interment followed in the Anderson Memorial Park.
A graduate of Red Boiling Springs High School, Paul was born on June 14, 1952, to the late Willard Cordell and Willa Dean Glover Brockette. He married his childhood sweetheart, the former Shelia Robinson on December 6, 1973. He and his wife, who survives, shared 37 wonderful years together, and raised a son and a daughter.
Besides his wife, Paul is survived by son, Phillip Brockette of Pleasant Shade; daughter, Jamie (Jason) Haymaker, grandchildren, Ashley & Megan Haymaker, all of Gallatin; sisters, Ruth Kirkland of Hendersonville and Dorothy (Gary) Grissom of Gallatin; several nieces, nephews, extended family and a host of friends.
Paul Brockette was a member of the Willette Church of Christ and will be greatly missed by his family and many friends.