Former SF resident hospitalized after wreck
A former South Fulton resident who played football for Bethel College in McKenzie apparently nearly drowned in a weekend accident in Carroll County.
Mitchell Maynard, 22, now of McKenzie, was taken to Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville, where he remained hospitalized Monday after sustaining injuries in an accident that occurred early Saturday, according to Bethel College’s athletic department and the Tennessee Highway Patrol.
Maynard graduated in 2004 from South Fulton High School, where he played football, and he was a paraprofessional coach across the state line at Fulton High School in recent years.
Few details of the accident involving Maynard were available from the THP in Jackson and the trooper who investigated the accident could not be reached by telephone this morning.
Authorities have indicated that Maynard’s vehicle plunged into a crater, estimated to be about 15 feet deep, created by a washed-out section of a road in Carroll County. The incident apparently occurred about 1:20 a.m. Saturday.
The THP has indicated that vehicles driven by both Maynard and another person, identified as Lauren Walker, 35, also of McKenzie, plunged into a hole created by water rushing through a nearby culvert, according to a story in today’s Jackson Sun. The culvert apparently feeds a lake about 20 yards from the road.
THP troopers told the Jackson newspaper that the extreme level of water from recent rains washed away a nearly 15 foot deep by 30 foot wide section of the road, causing it to fill with rain water.
Ms. Walker apparently hit the hole in her 2004 Volkswagen Beetle about 1:10 a.m. and the rushing water began pulling her car into the lake. She reportedly was rescued from the water by passers-by.
The THP is estimating that Maynard hit the crater about 10 minutes later and his vehicle hydroplaned across the water and hit the road bed on the other side of the crater, causing the vehicle to fall into the water. When authorities arrived on the scene, the cab of Maynard’s small model pickup truck had filled with water to the head rests, according to the Jackson newspaper.
The THP reported that it was determined Maynard had been unconscious for some time, but authorities did not know if he was under water or for how long.
Published in The Messenger 5.06.08