Sparta Man Killed in Three Car Crash

March 29, 2014
Dwayne Page
Jeremy Vick's 1997 Honda Civic
Beth Holeton's 2004 Mitsubishi
Joshua Smith's 2005 Ford Mustang

A Sparta man lost his life in a three vehicle crash Friday night on Highway 70 near the Midnight Express/Gentleman's Club.

Dead is 25 year old Jeremy Vick.

The accident was reported to central dispatch at 11:25 p.m.

According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Vick died when his 1997 Honda Civic struck the rear of a 2005 Ford Mustang, driven by 23 year old Joshua Smith of Morrison who had slowed to make a turn into a parking lot. The force of the crash caused Vick's car to rotate sideways into the path of an oncoming 2004 Mitsubishi, driven by 22 year old Beth Holeton of Dowelltown.

Vick died at the scene. No one else was injured.

The accident, investigated by Sergeant Eric McCormick and Trooper Johnny Farley of the THP Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) found that Smith, driving eastbound on Highway 70 in a white 2005 Ford Mustang, was slowing to make a left turn into a parking lot. Vick, also traveling eastbound in a silver 1997 Honda Civic and coming up behind the Mustang, was unable to stop or slow down before hitting the Mustang in the left rear. Upon impact, Vick's car rotated sideways into the westbound lane and into the path of Holeton's gray 2004 Mitsubishi. Holeton was unable to stop and collided head-on into the driver's side of Vick's car.

Vick's vehicle came to a final rest in the highway after being knocked backward. Holeton's car rolled to a final rest in the eastbound lane facing west. Smith pulled into a parking lot after the wreck.

20 year old Kara Schneider of Dowelltown was a passenger of the Holeton car. 20 year old James Barrett of Morrison was traveling with Smith.

In addition to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, others on the scene were Sheriff Patrick Ray and officers of the sheriff's department, DeKalb EMS, and members of the Midway station and the Extrication team of the DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Department.

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