3-vehicle crash leaves 2 dead

3-vehicle crash leaves 2 dead
Two people were killed and two others injured Saturday evening in a three-vehicle crash on State Highway 21 near Hornbeak.
Sue E. Bell, 81, of Kenton and her son, 51-year-old David C. Bell of Forsythe, Ga., died in a crash that occurred about 4:40 p.m., the Tennessee Highway Patrol reported.
Injured in the crash were Mrs. Bell’s husband and David Bell’s father, 81-year-old Jack L. Bell of Kenton, and the driver of another vehicle, Timothy Clark Naifeh, 52, of Tiptonville.
THP Trooper Nicholas Hollowell reported the collision occurred just east of Hornbeak on Highway 21, about 200 yards east of West Williams Road.
David Bell was reported to be driving west on Highway 21 in a 2004 Buick Regal when an eastbound 2003 Chevrolet pickup driven by Naifeh apparently crossed the centerline, striking the Bell vehicle on the left front and going down the full length of the car before then colliding head-on with a westbound 2004 Ford pickup driven by Constance Kelly Fisher, 40, of Obion.
Ms. Kelly’s vehicle was pulling a trailer hauling boxed Christmas decorations, the THP reported.
Bell and his mother were both pronounced dead at the scene of the accident, while Jack Bell and Naifeh were both airlifted to Regional Medical Center (the Med) in Memphis for treatment of injuries.
A third passenger in the Bell vehicle, 15-year-old Jonathan Bell of Forsythe, and Ms. Fisher and her passenger, 16-year-old Dillon Fisher of Obion, were not injured, according to the THP report.
All of those involved in the crash were reported to be wearing seat belts at the time. On the accident report, the trooper indicated he did not believe the use of safety restraints would have made a difference in the fatalities.
Several different emergency services agencies responded to the rural crash scene to assist Saturday evening.
The accident remains under investigation today and charges are pending, the THP reported.
Funeral arrangements for Sue Bell and David Bell will be announced by Karnes & Son Funeral Home in Kenton. Published in The Messenger 1.9.12

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