Macon County Chronicle

Highway 10 Claims Another Life

Many unanswered questions may never be solved in the death of a 24-year-old Lafayette man, whose car was discovered in a creek on Hwy 10, this past Saturday afternoon.

Donald Ray Marsh, II, or “Donnie” as his friends called him, was driving a 1998 Mercury Mystique northbound on Hwy 10.

While trying to negotiate a curve close to Rock Crusher Road, the vehicle he was driving, traveled off the west side of the roadway, and down a step embankment. The car overturned onto its roof, coming to a final rest in the creek.

A motorist traveling on the road noticed the vehicle lying in the creek and notified authorities.

Arriving at the scene, January 10, 2009, Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Terry Seay and Sergeant Ashley Mercer investigated the accident, ruling out the possibility of drugs or alcohol as a contributing factor in the fatality.

The time and date of the accident was unknown, according to a report given by the State Highway Patrol office in Cookeville, Tennessee on Monday.

The report did state that Marsh was wearing his safety belt, however, it indicated safety restraints would not have made a difference in this outcome.

Donnie attended school in Macon County, and became a construction worker after graduation.

He was laid to rest on January 12, 2009 at the Maple Grove Cemetery. He was the son of Donald Ray Marsh and Renita Faye McCarter Marsh.