June 20, 2022
By: Dwayne Page
Seven people were involved in a four-auto crash Saturday afternoon on Highway 96 near Liberty. Two of them sustained minor injuries.
According to Trooper Richard Teachout of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, 19-year-old Patrick Joseph McGann of Marietta, Georgia was traveling west in a 2016 Toyota Tacoma when he crossed into the path of an eastbound 2022 Toyota, driven by 25-year-old Kaylee Megan Hale of Dowelltown causing the Hale car to overturn. The debris from the crash struck an eastbound 2013 Toyota, driven by 54-year-old Anne Camden White of Dowelltown causing minor damage. After McGann’s car struck the Hale vehicle it then hit an eastbound 2013 Kia, driven by 57-year-old Philip James Gotro of Dowelltown causing the Gotro vehicle to overturn on its side. McGann’s car then hit the guard rail face and came to rest in a field.
Gotro and his passenger, 61-year-old Cheryl Anne Gotro of Dowelltown were believed to have suffered minor injuries and were transported by ambulance to Ascension St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital.
Neither McGann nor his passenger, 19-year-old Emme Elizabeth Eusepi of Smyrna was injured.
Hale had a 6-year-old passenger with her but they were not hurt.
DeKalb EMS was on the scene along with the DeKalb County Fire Department and DeKalb Sheriff’s Department