Timothy Michael Patrie, age 22, of Lafayette, was killed when his 1994 Ford Mustang collided with a semi truck on Highway 25 Friday morning, December 17, at approximately 4 a.m. The tractor trailer left the scene and is now wanted by authorities for questioning.
According to a report from THP Trooper Terry Seay, the Mustang was traveling east on Highway 25 east. A tractor truck had been traveling east and was in the process of making a U turn at the TVA plant entrance. The truck was far enough into the turn that its headlights were pointed back westbound.
The Mustang slid under the trailer breaking a marker light on the left side of the box. There were tire marks from the back of the trailer on the right side of the Mustang. The Mustang then ran off the south shoulder striking a concrete pumping station before coming to rest against a fence. Trousdale County Ambulance Service transported Patrie to Trousdale County Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. THP Trooper Ashley Mercer with CIRT and Sgt. William Avera assisted with the accident.
Sgt. Avera said, "It is a sad time to lose a loved one, especially in an automobile crash at Christmas time. It takes a hard and cold hearted individual to leave someone in that condition and not try to render aid or call for help. The THP is using all available resources to try to bring the hit and run driver to justice.
Anyone having any information is asked to call the THP at 931-526-6145 or Trousdale County Sheriff Department at 374-3994.
Patrie, of the Underwood Community, was a 2001 graduate of Macon County High and was employed at Sonic at Lafayette. He was a member of Red Boiling Springs Church of Christ. He is survived by his parents, Barbara and Roger Reece, three brothers and a sister-in-law, and a sister and brother in law.
Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. at Alexander Goad Funeral Home with burial in the Underwood Cemetery.