February 8, 2019
By: Dwayne Page
Three people were injured in a two vehicle crash Wednesday evening on Highway 70 at Alexandria.
According to Trooper Robert Melching of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, 68 year old Loretta Coleman of Alexandria was eastbound on Highway 70 in a 2004 Toyota Camry attempting to make a legal left hand turn when she pulled into the path of a 2000 Jeep Laredo, driven by 24 year old Antonio Larocco of Liberty who was traveling west on Highway 70 without his headlights on. After impact, Coleman’s car spun approximately 270 degrees and came to final rest in the road facing south. Larocco’s Jeep ran off the road to the right and came to final rest against a tree facing west.
Coleman and a passenger of her car, 47 year old Michael Owens of Alexandria were injured. Larocco was not hurt but a passenger of his Jeep, 20 year old Zachary Payne of Brush Creek was injured.
Larocco was charged with expired registration, financial responsibility, open container, headlights off during inclement weather, and driving on a suspended license.