Friday crash victim critical

Saturday, December 3, 2011

A Lewisburg man was in critical condition Saturday at Vanderbilt University Medical Center as a result of a Friday afternoon crash on Verona-Caney Road.

William "Billy" Primm, 38, of Cochran Lane, was driving alone going north in a Saturn vehicle at approximately 3:30 p.m., according to state and local officials who said Primm was taken from the scene by helicopter ambulance.

Primm was in Vanderbilt's trauma unit Saturday afternoon, hospital spokeswoman Ashley Colvert said. Her records show he was then in critical condition.

"It's still under investigation as to the cause," Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper John Judge said as darkness postponed any additional investigation on the scene Friday. "I know speed is a factor."

Judge declined to speculate on whether Primm crashed as a result of another car, or perhaps a deer or other distraction.

"For some reason, he lost control," the trooper said.

The Saturn went off the right side of the road and rolled about five times, Judge said. It was probably during the third roll when Primm was ejected from the vehicle.

It's a "pretty good conclusion" that the driver was not wearing a seatbelt, the trooper said, adding he was about "95 percent certain" of that, but he'd not been able to totally inspect the car and would probably look at it again at Holder's Body Shop.

He was, however, "definitely" certain that the vehicle was damaged beyond a financially feasible repair job.

The crash was on a straight portion of the road and the Saturn was going up a hill about two tenths of a mile from Powell Lane.

Marshall County Sheriff's Deputy Doug McBay assisted Judge at the crash site. The Marshall County Emergency Medical Service provided medical care for Primm until he could be transferred to the Air Evac helicopter.

Primm's brother arrived at the scene of the crash and their sister was called so the family was notified almost immediately that their relative was injured.