One Life Lost In Fatal Highway 41 Wreck In Ridgetop

One Life Lost In Fatal Highway 41 Wreck In Ridgetop

RIDGETOP TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – Officials are investigating a fatal wreck on US Hwy 41 near Greer Rd by the Ridgetop/Greenbrier line. The accident occurred just after 6:00pm Saturday evening. Officials kept US Hwy 41 closed in both directions for about two hours while the Tennessee Highway Patrol conducted their investigation of the scene. (Location of wreck)

Around 8:00pm one Southbound lane was opened and by 9:00pm the scene was cleared and US Hwy 41 was reopened.

(L) Elvis Wilson (R) Kevin Wilson

According to the Tennessee Highway patrol, Michael “Kevin” Wilson, 42, of Mount Juliet lost his life in the accident.

The accident involved two vehicles in a head on collision. The two vehicles involved were a 1995 Nissan pickup driven by Wilson, and a 2015 Chevrolet Suburban driven by Cindy Bitter, 54, of Goodlettsville.

According to Robertson County EMS Assistant Director Russell Gupton, the other driver “Bitter”was transported to NorthCrest Medical Center with Non-life threatening injuries.

The Robertson County Sheriff’s Office, the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Robertson County EMS and EMA and the Ridgetop Fire Department all responded to the scene.

As far as a cause of the accident the THP released the following brief preliminary description: The Nissan pickup driven by Wilson, was traveling southbound on US Hwy 41. The Chevrolet Suburban driven by Bitter, was traveling northbound on US Hwy 41 in lane #2. The Nissan crossed into the center lane and then traveled across the northbound lanes of US Hwy 41 impacting the Suburban head on.

According to Tennessee Highway Patrol PIO Travis Plotzer, Investigators also said that Wilson was not wearing his safety-belt but if he had, it could have saved his life..

Smokey Barn News Spoke with Kevin’s uncle, Elvis Wilson, Sunday afternoon.  Elvis spent his life in public service as a firefighter, a police officer, a 911 dispatch operator, an EMT and he was the Director of the new Robertson County 911 center in Springfield until he retired back in 2013.  Elvis told Smokey us that the family is grieving over Kevin’s loss and they are asking for prayers. “We are deeply saddened by Keven’s passing and we would like to ask the community to please keep our family in your thoughts and prayers.”  Elvis Wilson

The staff at Smokey Barn News is truly saddened to learn of yet another loss of life on our county roads and our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of everyone involved.

We delayed launching our report to give officials ample time to reach out to the direct family.

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