Bicyclist Injured In Crash On Signal

Friday, July 11, 2014 - by Judy Frank
A 42-year-old Signal Mountain man was taken to Erlanger Medical Center for treatment after the bicycle he was riding crashed near the intersection of Taft Highway and James Boulevard.
 
According to Traffic Investigator Robert Stockburger of the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department, a bicycle ridden by Darren Thompson of 371 May Apple Lane on Signal Mountain was the only vehicle involved in the wreck.
 
The bicycle never made contact with a truck driven by Kevin McNabb of 919 Bell Ave.
, he said, although Mr. Thompson landed partially under the truck after wrecking.
 
Investigator Stockburger noted in his report that he reconstructed the way the incident occurred after being summoned to the scene by deputies who initially responded to a report of a bicycle crash.
 
“I...determined that the bicyclist, Darren Thompson, was traveling north on James Boulevard, crossed into the opposing lane, disregarded a stop sign at Taft Highway and was approaching another vehicle occupied by Kevin McNabb at the nearby intersection of Taft Highway and Bell Avenue,” the investigator wrote.
 
“Just prior to reaching the other vehicle,” he continued, “the bicycle overturned and the driver landed on the ground in front of and partially under the front of Mr. McNabb’s vehicle.”
 
The investigator said, “McNabb stated he had just stopped at the intersection on Bell Avenue when the bicyclist crashed. McNabb stated he never felt nor heard the bicycle strike his vehicle when the crash occurred.”
 
“From examining McNabb’s vehicle, I could find no indication the bicycle struck it,” he added, noting that Mr. Thompson was transported to Erlanger for his injuries.
 
Signal Mountain resident David McCain, who was among the drivers backed up on James Boulevard while the bicycle crash was investigated, said he saw the injured man lying directly in front of a gold Ford F-150 at the end of Bell Avenue.
 
“He was pretty banged up - we saw him loaded onto the ambulance as we sat in traffic,” Mr. McCain said.
 
The witness noted that the spot where the wreck occurred is a “weird intersection of three roads.”
 
He has never seen a wreck there before, he said, “but they really need to trim the hedges on Bell, as that looks like a blind corner.”

Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: BANTHER, WILLIAM DEWAYNE  HOMELESS CHATTANOOGA, 37405  Age at Arrest: 59 years old Arresting Agency: Hamilton County PROBATION VIOLATION (EVADING ARREST) --- BOHANNON, HENRY CHRISTOPHER  1915 SANDER DRIVE CLEVELAND, 37323  Age at Arrest: 27 years old Arresting Agency: Hamilton County ... (click for more)

Bradley County Detectives Seek Information On Man Caught On Surveillance Video

Detectives are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a man captured on surveillance footage. On March 25, patrol deputies responded to AirSystems Unlimited, which is a local business located at 5668 South Lee Highway, in reference to a vehicle burglary. It was discovered a cell phone and car battery were taken out of a company vehicle which was in the parking lot. ... (click for more)

Slaxxon Regret - And Response

Back in the seventies my three oldest brothers had a buddy named Steve Slack. “Slack” was a star soccer player at Baylor and he grew up on Lookout Mountain, which is where I grew up. He and Jimmy, Henry and Bill went to the University of Virginia where they were roommates in an old, beat up house that was painted pink. Naturally, the place became known as the “Pink Palace” but lest ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Oh Yes, I Loved West

One of my most beloved friends died early Saturday morning at the age of 67. Then again, West Oehmig’s only brother – King – died a couple of years ago at 63 so it wasn’t by happenstance I remembered Abraham Lincoln’s famous line: “In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count, it’s the life in your years.” Here are two brothers who lived larger than any other pair I can ... (click for more)

Central's Parrott Throttles Ooltewah With 1-Hit Shutout

Ooltewah looked like it was still on spring break. Central was sharp, Brooke Parrott dazzling, Mikayla Gill swung the bat well and the Lady Pounders played like an unbeaten, once-tied ballclub. Parrott threw a one-hit shutout – the hit was a wind-blown pop on the infield – and Gill slapped a two-run double off Kayla Boseman to right-center field in the third inning and ... (click for more)

Notre Dame Thumps Bledsoe Co., 11-1

The Notre Dame baseball team was in a race of a different kind Monday evening and the Fighting Irish came out on top in all three categories. Facing the Bledsoe County Warriors at Notre Dame’s Hunter Field, the Irish beat the rain, they got finished before dark and most importantly, beat the Warriors 11-1 in five innings as they improved to 4-2 overall with the same record in ... (click for more)