COOPERTOWN TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – An early morning Hwy 49 crash in Coopertown Sunday has taken one life.
The crash occurred on Hwy 49 between Coopertown Elementary and Coopertown Middle School around 12:53 am. (location of crash) According to radio traffic, a caller (traveling in the opposite direction) advised that they saw the vehicle leave the roadway.
After leaving the roadway, the vehicle, a 2017 Jeep Grand Cherokee, impacted a tree head-on killing the driver. It was raining at the time of the crash and the roads were slick which may have been a contributing factor in the crash. According to Assistant Chief Russell Gupton with Robertson County EMS, the driver, now identified by the THP as, Kenna B Robards, 28, of Clarksville TN, was pronounced deceased at the scene.
According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, preliminarily, Robards was traveling East on Hwy 49 W when her vehicle ran off the right side of the roadway and into the grass where the vehicle struck a tree. Why Robards lost control and left the roadway is not known at this time.
According to the THP, Robards was not wearing safety restraints. The accident investigator, Trooper Joseph Olivas, concluded that if Robards had worn her safety belt it likely would have saved her life.
The THP, Robertson County EMS, the Robertson County Emergency Management Agency, the Pleasant View Volunteer Fire Department, the Robertson County Sheriff’s Office and Drake’s Towing & Auto Repair all responded to the call.
Kenna Robards was a math teacher at Rossview Middle School in Clarksville. According to her bio on the school’s website, Kenna is from Springfield, TN.
“I have a wonderful husband and an amazing dog named Chipper. I have been teaching since 2013,” Kenna says in her bio. “I graduated with my Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from Austin Peay State University. I enjoy all sporting events and being at the lake during the summer.”
“Mrs. Robards was an amazing educator who touched the lives of students in grades 7-12 in the Rossview community. Her legacy truly will live on through the impacts she had on her students.” Mr. Millard House, II, the Director of Schools for the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System
Kenna was also the granddaughter of Don Gupton of Gupton Motors in Springfield. Don passed away in 2016 at the age of 88.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 19, 2019 at First Baptist Church Clarksville-Grace Chapel with Rev. Pat Van Dyke officiating. Burial will follow at Springield Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends Thursday, April 18, 2019 from 4-8 p.m. at First Baptist Church Clarksville- Grace Chapel, and again on Friday from 9:30 a.m. until the hour of service at the church. Online obituary.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Kenna Robards Rossview Scholarship Fund, c/o McReynolds-Nave & Larson Funeral Home. 1209 Madison Street, Clarksville, TN 37040 or click here to make an online donation.
The thoughts and prayers of the staff at Smokey Barn News are with the family and friends of Kenna Robards as they face the days ahead.
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