Macon County Chronicle

Collision Kills Man Instantly


There was a deadly crash on Highway 52 West, in Macon County, Wednesday afternoon, June 27th, when a truck crossed into the oncoming lane and collided with a car, killing a Bethpage man instantly, while injuring three others.

THP Trooper Gerald Carter investigated the 4:00 p.m. collision and in his report he stated that apparently 31-year-old Richard A. Tuttle, of Westmoreland, was driving a white 2001 Dodge 4-door truck east on State Highway 52 when he crossed the yellow line. Jennifer L. Lamb, age 23, of Lafayette, who was driving a westbound 2003 Nissan 4-door car, swerved to avoid contact, and the truck swerved back into her path.

According to the Trooper, the vehicles collided and both spun off each other, coming to final rest on Highway 52 West near the Sumner County line.

Johnathen D. Alexander, age 21, of Bethpage, Tenn., was a passenger in the Nissan and Medical Examiner Randall Kirby pronounced his death at the scene.

Richard Allen Carter, of Westmoreland, was a passenger in the Dodge truck.

Air Evac and Lifeflight medical helicopters transported Jennifer Lamb, Richard Tuttle and Richard Allen Carter to Vanderbilt Hospital, after paramedics carried them by ground ambulance to the landing zone.

Long-time Vanderbilt Public Affairs Representative, Ashley Culver, confirmed on Monday, July 2nd, that Lamb and Tuttle have been discharged, while Carter is listed in stable condition.

Trooper Carter said that the occupants in the Nissan were wearing their seatbelts, but the two men in the truck weren’t. Charges are pending.

Funeral services for Johnathen “Chubber” DeWayne Alexander, age 21, were held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 1, from Lakeside Church of God with Bro. Leon Graves officiating.

He was buried in the Siloam Cemetery with Military Honors. Pallbearers were Aaron Mandrell, Jacob Sullivan, Jared Sullivan, Corey White, Dillon White, Shane Trotter and Micheal Alexander.

An active duty member of the United States National Guard Infantry, Mr. Alexander had proudly served for the past 2½ years. He was a dedicated member of Lakeside Church of God Prophecy.

Mr. Alexander is survived by his father, Troy Alexander, of Bethpage, Tn.; mother, Debra Sue Trotter Presley, of Ridgetop, Tn.; son, Xavier Jordan Alexander, Lafayette, Tn.; expected unborn child; wife, Gabrielle Lee Shriner Alexander, of Bethpage, Tn.; brother, Michael Alexander, of Bethpage, Tn.; sister, Amber Alexander, Westmoreland, Tn.; grandmother, Regina Sturm, Lafayette, Tn.; grandfather, Bill Alexander, Bethpage, Tn.; grandfather, Danny & (Linda) Trotter, of Portland, Tn.; aunt, Tammy Sullivan, Lafayette, Tn.; uncle, Tracy White, Lafayette, Tn.; uncle, Shane Trotter, Portland, Tn.; aunt, Holly Webb, Portland, Tn.; step-mother, Tammy Alexander, Westmoreland, Tn.; best friend, Aaron Mandrell, Westmoreland, Tn.; step grandparents, Debbie Thurman, Ronnie Gregory and Vicki Johnson; aunt & uncle, Kristy & Bubba Gross; aunt & uncle, Melanie & James Sherwin; cousins, Bradley, Dillian, Katelyn and Hunter Gross; cousins, Erica & Lexi Sherwin.

Woodard Funeral Home, Inc., in Westmoreland, directors.