Brother, sister die in one-car accident

Brother, sister die in one-car accident

Posted: Wednesday, July 9, 2008 7:39 pm

An Obion County brother and sister died Tuesday evening when their vehicle crashed on a rain-slickened rural road. Ryan C. Hayslett, 17, and his sister, Kristine A. Hayslett, 14, who lived on Cleek Echo Drive near Union City, died in a one-car accident that occurred about 4:50 p.m. on Flippen Lane near Union City, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol. Ryan would have been a senior this fall at Obion County Central High School. Kristine was an eighth-grader last year at Lake Road Elementary School and would have started her freshman year in the fall. The THP reported that Ryan was driving northbound on Flippen Lane in a 2003 Nissan passenger car when the vehicle exited the east shoulder of the roadway with the passenger tires. The car struck the warning sign for a bridge and bent it over, then hit the edge of a guard rail. The first support post for the bridge launched the car into the air and the vehicle traveled 62 feet across the ditch and struck a rock embankment with the car’s right front, which caused the car to flip end over end for 25 feet. The rear of the car struck a light pole, which ejected the driver and caused the vehicle to rotate and strike the ground, rolling side over side for 25 feet before coming to a final rest on its wheels. Ryan was not wearing a seat belt, while Kristine was reported to be using a seat belt, according to a THP report provided by the Tennessee Department of Safety’s public information officer. Both teenagers were transported to the emergency room of Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union City, where they died a short time later. Emergency personnel at the scene were assisted by Air Evac Lifeteam, which responded to the site with a medical helicopter. Funeral arrangements for the Haysletts are incomplete and will be announced by Rawls Funeral Home (www.rawlsfuneralhomes.com). Published in The Messenger 7.9.08

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