The 11:44 a.m. accident involved Ms. Blankenship's late model Pontiac Gran Prix and a late model 4X4 Chevrolet pickup truck. The Pontiac was apparently traveling south on the Scottsville Road and was struck in the left front by the pickup as it pulled out from Ellington Drive onto the main highway.
The inpact of the crash sent Ms. Blankenship's vehicle across a vacant lot on the southwest corner of Ellington Drive and the Scottsville Road and into a residental front yard where it struck a tree and came to a rest more than 100 yards from the point of impact. The large pickup truck remained on the roadway at the intersection.
"The pickup didn't 'run' the stop sign; he just didn't see the car coming and pulled out in front of it," said a bystander who witnessed the crash.
The driver of the pickup, Alton Moore of Franklin, NC and his wife were not injured in the incident. Moore was visiting relatives for the holidays and was prepared to return home to North Carolina when the accident happened.
The extent of Ms. Blankenship's injuries were not known, and an official Lafayette Police Department report of the accident will not be available until January 1, according to Sgt. Jeff Tucker, who investigated the incident.
Several units of the LPD, the Lafayette Fire Department, Rescue Squad and county Ambulance Service responded to the accident, with first responders arriving on the scene just six minutes after the emergency call came in.
ATV FATALITY SADDENS COMMUNITY
Corina Windsor, 12, the daughter of Bill and Debbie Windsor, of Smith Hale Rd. in Lafayette, died December 28, when the yellow Honda Recon 250 four-wheeler she was riding with her friend Kiona Scott, 14, went off a bridge and into a shallow creek.
The wreck happened at about 3:00 p.m. Thursday afternoon, in a shady valley where Driver Rd., Claude Fox Rd., and Bottom road converge at a small bridge over a shallow branch of White Oak Creek.
The four-wheeler, driven by Kiona Scott was reported to be traveling north on Claude Fox Rd., when it went out of control, traveled off the bridge, and into the creek, according to information provided by Trooper Terry Seay of the Tennessee Highway Patrol.
Kiona Scott was life flighted to Vanderbilt hospital for treatment of injuries sustained in the crash.
SUMNER COUNTY MAN CHARGED WITH ANIMAL CRUELTY
Harry Whitlow, of Westmoreland, was charged last week by Sumner County Sheriff's deputies with three counts of animal cruelty when a state Department of Agriculture official determined a donkey reported lying in Whitlow's field died of malnutrition.
Other donkeys and horses, considered by the experts to be at risk, were seized from the Whitlow farm by Sheriff's deputies, assisted by a team from the Volunteer Equine Advocates group.
Whitlow was not accused of failing to feed the animals; but he was not feeding them enough and the younger and smaller animals were not getting an adequate share of food, Jamie Clifton, Director of the Volunteer Equine Advocates group, alleged in the News Examiner report, explaining that horses depend on their digestive systems for warmth.
LAFAYETTE MAN SENTENCED IN JUNE ANIMAL CRUELTY CASE
Justin Wix, of Lafayette, charged in June 2006 with one count of animal cruelty, was sentenced to 48 hours in jail and a year's probation, in Sumner County court last week.
Wix was charged with animal cruelty, by Sumner County law enforcement, in June of last year, when someone reported an abused horse in his possession.
The Volunteer Equine Advocates group, based in Sumner County, assisted law enforcement with seizure of a young Appaloosa named Spud.
Photographs of the horse showed the bones and tissue of Spud's face and head had grown around a too-small bridle the young horse had apparently worn for some time.
Spud is on the mend, but a thousand dollars was spent on care for the abused animal.
In addition to jail time and a year of probation, the sentence Wix received requires that he permanently forfeit Spud, and pay back the $1,000 spent for the horse's care and treatment.