On New Year’s Day a mother and her daughter suffered serious injuries as the result of a violent head-on collision in Willette, near the Crossroads intersection.
THP Trooper Danny Fisher stated that Melody Hackett, age 41, of Wilburn Hollow Lane, in Smith County, was driving an eastbound 1996 Dodge Van on State Route 56 (Willette Road), when she was struck head on by a sixteen-year-old juvenile, who was heading west in a 2000 GMC pick up truck. Her 13-year-old daughter was a passenger in the van.“The juvenile driver crossed the center line and hit Ms. Hackett head on,” said Fisher, “and he stated that he didn’t know why he veered into her lane of travel.”
Ms. Hackett, who was unresponsive at the wreck, had to be extricated from her vehicle by the Red Boiling Springs Fire & Rescue, and Macon County Emergency Medical Services carried the mother and daughter to the Willette Fire Department. Air Evac and Lifeflight safely landed at this site and the two were transferred to the helicopters with Vanderbilt Medical Center, in Nashville, as their destination. The juvenile driver was treated at the scene.
The mother underwent surgery on Monday, January 2nd and according to Vandy spokesperson, Ashley Culver, she is listed in critical but stable condition. The daughter was expected to be released the first of the week.
First responders were the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Macon County EMS, Macon County Sheriffs Department, Red Boiling Springs Fire & Rescue, Willette Fire Department and the Macon County Chronicle.
“Charges are pending,” said Trooper Fisher, who was the investigating officer.