Note: Correction of time of events.
There were two fatal accidents that occurred in Coffee County on Monday and an arrest has been made in the hit-and-run case.
The first crash took place on Hwy 41 near Hillsboro around 2:30pm Monday afternoon. The crash occurred in the ten thousand block of Highway 41. A pedestrian was struck and killed while checking his mailbox. Arthur J Mantone Jr age 79 of Hillsboro had parked his vehicle in the driveway of his residence on Highway 41. The man then crossed Hwy 41 to check his mail and he was struck by what is believed to be a 1999-2003 model Mitsubishi Galant, champagne in color. Matone Jr was pronounced deceased on scene.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol made an arrest late Tuesday night. Lieutenant John Harmon told WMSR News that THP will release the name and charges sometime on Wednesday.
The second wreck occurred on Hwy 53 just before 5pm.
A Toyota car driven by a male teenager (name not released) was traveling southbound on Highway 53 in Coffee County when his vehicle crossed over the center line and struck a Chevrolet SUV head-on. The Toyota spun out and came to rest in the middle of the roadway. The SUV spun off the roadway and came to rest near the wood line. The teen driver was transported to Vanderbilt Medical Center and is in stable condition. Patricia G Lloyd age 54 of Woodbury was transported to Unity Medical Center and later pronounced deceased.
Tennessee Highway Patrolman Dallas Lange investigated the scene. Coffee County Sheriff Deputies and Coffee County EMS were also on duty at the crash site.