Thursday Night Wreck Claims the Lives of Two Men

May 23, 2008
by: 
Dwayne Page

Two men died in a one car crash Thursday night on Highway 96 (Medley Amonett Road) north of Edgar Evins State Park in DeKalb County near the Putnam County line.

Dead are 54 year old Thomas Carr of Nashville and 32 year old Larry League, Jr. of Smithville.

According to Trooper Dewaine Jennings of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Carr was driving a 2004 Hyundai Accent north on the Medley Amonette Road when he failed to properly negotiate a curve because of his speed, left the road to the right and made impact with a rock wall and then hit a large tree. The car then overturned ejecting League, who was not wearing a seatbelt, and partially ejecting Carr, who was restrained in the vehicle. Both died at the scene.

Trooper Jennings, who was called at 9:35 p.m., says a passerby spotted the wreck and called 911.

Trooper Jennings was assisted in the investigation by Officer Johnny Farley of the Tennessee Highway Patrol's Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT).

Officers of the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department were also on the scene along with members of the Cookeville Highway Station and Extrication Team of the DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Department, DeKalb County EMS, and Medical Examiner Terry Martin.

Trooper Jennings says there was evidence of alcohol and drugs at the crash scene.

The deaths of Carr and League, mark the 6th & 7th traffic fatalities of the year on DeKalb County roads.

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