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April 24, 2014

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Pedestrian, 41, Hit By 2 Vehicles, Dies In Heavy Rainstorm

Originally published: 2013-05-08 10:57:01
Last modified: 2013-05-08 10:59:43



A tragic sequence of events contributed to the death Sunday night of a Greene County woman who was struck by two vehicles as she walked along the side of Tusculum Boulevard.

The pedestrian death remains under investigation by Greeneville police.

Donna Davis Henderson, 41, of 545 Sioux Trail, died of injuries after she was hit by the second of two vehicles about 10:20 p.m. Sunday as she walked in front of Laughlin Memorial Hospital, Officer Nicholas Fillers said in a report.

Henderson was first struck by the right-side mirror of a northbound Nissan Sentra driven by Barbara M. Crum, 53, of Roaming Drive, Chuckey, the report said.

Crum told police she made a U-turn and returned to check on the pedestrian. Road conditions were wet, and heavy rain was falling, the report said.

A northbound 2006 Ford F-150 driven by Dennis G. Chapman, 63, of Robinhood Road, struck Henderson seconds later.

"The driver stated that he did not see the pedestrian," the report said.

Neither driver was injured. Henderson was later pronounced dead at Laughlin Memorial Hospital.

"An emergency room nurse noted that the woman was wearing dark-colored clothing," the report said.

Rain was "very heavy" when officers arrived on the scene a few minutes later, and headlights in the center turn lane "further obstructed vision," the report said.

Greene County-Greeneville Emergency Medical Services workers were attempting to revive Henderson when police arrived at the scene, the report said.

Based on the damage to the truck, it is likely that Henderson was standing when she was struck, the report said.


Chapman said in his written statement to police that as he came up to where Henderson was standing, another vehicle was in the middle of the road facing him with headlights on "and I couldn't see anything."

"Then I hit this person. She had to be standing in (the) road, and she had dark clothes on," Chapman wrote.

Crum wrote in her statement to police that she was driving home from work when she "heard something hit my mirror."

Crum saw a woman walking, made a U-turn and came back.

"She said, 'You hit me good,' and was holding her left arm. I said. 'Yes, I did, and I will call 911,'" Crum wrote.

While Crum was on the phone, she wrote in the statement, "I asked her [Henderson] to get off the road because there was traffic coming,"

The 911 operator asked if the victim needed an ambulance, and Crum responded that she didn't know.


"When I asked her to get off the road, she did not seem to understand. One car went around her, but when the truck came through, he didn't see her and he ran right over her," Crum wrote.

Crum said in the statement she was still on the phone to 911 when Henderson was struck by the truck.

"She told me to talk to the policeman, and he asked me where I was at, and I said I was in front of McFarland Medical across from Laughlin Hospital. The ambulance, fire truck and police arrived," Crum wrote.

Henderson "had on dark-blue or dark-black clothes," she wrote.

No charges have been filed in the pedestrian death.

Alcohol or drugs did not appear to be contributing factors for either driver, the report said. Both drivers had mandatory blood tests at the hospital. Results are pending.

Hazards to traffic listed in the report are "other obstruction in roadway" and "weather conditions."

The accident occurred 400 feet south of Bachman Drive, the report said.

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