Weakley County accident claims life of Gleason mother
Posted: Monday, March 28, 2011 6:39 am
A Thursday morning traffic accident has claimed the life of a Weakley County mother of three.
Law enforcement responded to the single-vehicle wreck outside of Gleason around 7:20 a.m.
Charlotte Puckett, 38, of Cotton Creek Road, Gleason, died as a result of the accident.
According to a Tennessee Highway Patrol fatality report, Ms. Puckett was traveling north on Highway 190 with her three children when her 2006 Chevy Impala left the roadway. She apparently over-corrected, causing the vehicle to roll.
Ms. Puckett wasn’t wearing a safety restraint and was ejected from the car.
Her three children sustained injuries in the crash, but information about their conditions was not available at press time. A 14-year-old daughter, Leslie, and 35-month-old son, Edward, were passengers in the backseat. A 16-year-old son, Corey, was a passenger in the front seat of the vehicle. None of the occupants were wearing safety belts.
The report by THP Trooper Clint Todd indicated the toddler was in a child restraint device but it was improperly used.
Todd noted in his report that, in his opinion, safety restraints would have made a difference in the fatality.
The two teenagers are students at Dresden High School.
“We are deeply saddened to receive this tragic information regarding our two students and their mother. They are all in our thoughts and prayers,” Weakley County Director of Schools Randy Frazier said in a statement issued to media shortly after the incident Thursday morning.
He added that Dresden High School principal Chuck West and his staff were assessing the support needs of students and staff.
“If there should be a need for additional counseling support, our response team is ready to help,” he said.
In a separate incident earlier this week in Weakley County, a Sharon senior citizen was injured in a fiery two-vehicle crash at Skyhawk Parkway and Hawks Road in Martin.
Robin V. Roberts, 81, of Mill Street, Dresden, was injured in an accident that occurred about 2:10 p.m. Wednesday, according to a Martin Police Department report.
A witness told police she was northbound on Skyhawk Parkway approaching Hawks Road and the traffic light was green for north- and southbound traffic on Skyhawk Parkway. She told police a white Chevrolet pickup truck traveling east on Hawks Road ran the red light, attempting to turn northbound onto Skyhawk Parkway. In doing so, the truck allegedly struck a blue Honda car on its passenger side in the middle of the intersection.
Police reported the 1989 Honda driven by Roberts was southbound on Skyhawk Parkway at the time of impact. The witness told police she had to swerve to avoid hitting the Honda because the impact pushed it into her lane of travel, the northbound lane.
Police said Roberts’ vehicle left the roadway and came to rest with the front end against a fence by the University of Tennessee at Martin softball field. Martin police Capt. Don Teal said an off-duty Martin firefighter, Freddie Winstead, witnessed the crash and pulled Roberts from his car before it caught fire.
Roberts and the other driver, Antonio Silverio, 28, of Dustin Laird Drive, Martin, were both taken to Volunteer Community Hospital for treatment. Silverio was reported to have sustained possible injury.
According to the report, Roberts could not remember the accident at all and police noted he was being treated for a head injury.
Police spoke with Silverio, the driver of the white 2006 Chevrolet Colorado pickup, through an interpreter. He claimed he did not run the red light at Hawks Road as the witness indicated.
Silverio was issued citations for having no insurance and no valid Tennessee driver’s license and for failure to yield the right of way, according to the police report.
Published in The Messenger 3.25.11