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Bicyclist dies from injuries at 2nd Ave. N.

Friday, April 6, 2012

From staff reports

A Lewisburg man died early Thursday morning at Vanderbilt University Medical Center as a result of injuries he suffered in a traffic collision on Second Avenue North after dark Wednesday night.

Christopher G. Grimes, 25, of 628 2nd Ave. N., was riding a bicycle at about 9:15 p.m. Wednesday when he "came off College Street" onto Second Avenue, City Police Officer Larry Hazelwood reported Thursday.

Michael Snyder, 24, of 805 Silver St., was driving a red 1993 Chevrolet pickup truck south on Second Avenue when the bicyclist "came ... directly in his path," Hazelwood said, quoting Snyder as saying the motorist "swerved to avoid hitting [Grimes] but the contact was unavoidable."

Grimes was transported by a Marshall County Emergency Medical Service ambulance crew to Marshall Medical Center, the patrolman reported. At about 2 a.m., Hazelwood received a call from the Vanderbilt hospital advising that Grimes had passed at about 1:36 a.m. as a result of his injuries.

Police had at least two eyewitnesses.

"I was there," Dwayne Umbles of Cornersville said. "I was off to the side on the dealership lot. I told the officer what I saw.

"I had my 12-year-old son with me and tried to get him away from it," Umbles said. "It wasn't anything that I cared about seeing."

Umbles had been talking with the car sales lot owner, Mike Martin, who also witnessed the collision, the Cornersville man said. Both men substantiated the driver's report that there was nothing that could be done. Martin wrote a statement for Hazelwood.

"It was a bad situation," Umbles said. "That's all it was."

The Chevrolet pickup truck that Snyder was driving is owned by David C. Scott of Tom Littlejohn Road, Columbia, according to the officer's report. The truck was towed by Brown and Son Auto Center to the city garage for additional investigation.

It's standard operating procedure to have blood alcohol tests conducted in connection with fatal crashes, but results were unavailable for Hazelwood's report, however he did mark a place on the report indicating that for Snyder "neither alcohol or drugs [were] present."

The roadway was "dark-lighted," according to the police report. College Street intersects with Second Avenue at two places. Grimes rode the bicycle east on College Street where that road runs along the side of Martin Motors.