Bates said Timothy Fitzgerald was pulling out of the bank parking lot in his Ford F-150 pickup truck as Teresa Barron drove the Cobalt westbound on Tennessee Boulevard. As Fitzgerald pulled out of the parking lot, his truck clipped the rear end of Barron’s car and sent the car out of control.
“We believe she failed to hit the brakes and hit the accelerator instead,” Bates said.
The accident sent Barron’s car off the street and crashing through the front wall of the Wilson Bank and Trust. The car wound up inside the bank next to a few employee offices inside a waiting area for customers.
When Bates arrived on the scene, he said there were no visible yaw or skid marks on the street to indicate Barron had hit her breaks after the initial impact. However, he said there were noticeable skid marks in the grass in front of the bank, which suggested the car sped up as it came off the road.
Lebanon Fire Department responded as well, and helped to clear the rubble from the car and assist L&W Wrecker service in removing the car from the bank.
A Wilson County Emergency Management Agency ambulance arrived on the scene shortly after the initial call, but neither Barron nor Fitzgerald had any serious injuries. Bates said Barron had no visible marks or injuries and she refused medical attention and said she didn’t want to be taken to the hospital.
“We can thank the Lord no on was sitting at the desk where she hit,” Bates said, indicating they were very lucky the accident wasn’t any worse.
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