Earl Wilkerson

Criminal charges may be forthcoming in a Clay County traffic accident on Friday afternoon, March 2nd, that killed Earl Wilkerson, age 91, on Drag Strip Road.


Wilkerson was driving a southbound Ford Taurus when a Chevy pickup driven by 22-year-old James Bristow, of Red Boiling Springs, veered into his lane of travel hitting him head on. Both drivers, along with two RBS occupants in Bristow’s truck, Terry Dyer, age 26, and Lance Grooms, age 21, were all transported by air ambulance to Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville. They have since been released. All three men in the truck were tested for alcohol and drugs, but the results haven’t been confirmed yet.

The accident is being investigated by Trooper Danny Fisher, THP Sgt. Ashley Mercer and CIRT Trooper Farley. Citations and criminal charges are pending.