Pedestrian Dies In Early Morning Accident

Pedestrian Killed In Early Morning Accident

Pedestrian Dies In Early Morning Accident


GREENBRIER TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – One person has died in Greenbrier following an early morning accident Sunday.

According to officials in Robertson County, a 49-year-old male was pronounced dead at the scene after reportedly being struck by at least one vehicle near 2806 Highway 41 south in Greenbrier at approximately 2:16 am Sunday morning. MAP

The accident is being investigated by the Tennessee Highway Patrol. The body was transported to the forensic center in Nashville where an autopsy will be performed.

According to a report released by the THP,  around 2:00 a.m. a vehicle traveling in the 2700 block of Highway 41 South in Greenbrier noticed what appeared to be a body lying in the road. The vehicle turned around and drove back, getting within 10-feet of the body and shined their headlights towards the body. The driver saw the body of a white-male, wearing only blue-jean pants appearing unresponsive.

The driver then moved the vehicle a little further away from the body and called the Robertson County 911 center. While the 911 call was in progress, Trooper John-Mark Tarr of the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) was on patrol in the area approaching the vehicle. The vehicle flashed their lights at Trooper Tarr to get his attention.

James Yates

While Trooper Tarr approached the vehicle flashing their headlights, he inadvertently ran over the body. He immediately stopped his vehicle, got out to check what he had ran over, and upon realizing he ran over a man, he quickly called THP dispatch and requested for an ambulance to respond to his location.

The trooper activated his lights and camera after calling dispatch. 49-year-old James Yates of Springfield, Tennessee was pronounced dead at the scene. It is unknown why he was lying in the road.

Tennessee Highway Patrol’s Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) and Criminal Investigations Division (CID) responded to the scene. The incident remains under investigation.

A Go Fund Me Page has been set up by the family to cover expenses. The family tells Smokey Barn News that Mr’s Yates was in the process of heading home from Nashville when the accident occurred.

Smokey Barn News sends our thoughts and prayers to the family and friends of the man who lost his life and the Trooper as they face the days ahead.

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