Just after 7:00 pm last Thursday night, Emergency Responders were called to the intersection of Military Rd and Jess Lyons Rd. for a car wreck. Scott D Thompson, 42 of Pensacola, FL was headed southeast on Jess Lyons Rd. when he ran the stop sign at Military Rd. and lost control of his car. Thompson veered left as he crossed Military and plowed the 2006 silver Chevrolet Impala he was driving headlong into a tree. He was unrestrained, and the impact knocked him unconscious and sent him flying around the cockpit of the car, until he finally landed in the rear passenger seat. Thompson suffered blunt trauma and lacerations to his face and upper body. He was bleeding so badly, that EMTs had to change his bandages before removing him from the car. Reportedly, Thompson received a text from his mother right before the wreck. It is unclear whether this played a part in the accident, but as he was being pulled from the crushed Impala, Thompson was screaming for his mama between howls of pain. On top of his injuries, Thompson was completely oblivious to where he was or what had happened. Between screams of, “Ow! Ow! %#*&! That hurts! Where’s my mama?! I want my mama!”, he had the presence of mind to ask an EMT, “What happened?” When the EMT told him that he had hit a tree, Thompson reacted with, “Oh no! Oh no! No no no no!” Thompson was finally removed from the Chevy, loaded into an ambulance and taken to BMH-GT once he was stabilized.
There were no witnesses to the actual wreck, but a woman (who did not give me her name) was driving on Military Rd and heard the wreck when Thompson went off the road behind her. She was in town from Georgia, visiting family for the holidays. [She told me that in Georgia, it is against the law to leave a wreck you have witnessed, on the off chance that someone in the wreck needs medical assistance. – JD] According to her, “It figures this would happen the one time I don’t have a cell phone on me. It’s just Murphy’s Law!” She flagged down passers-by until she found someone with a phone who could call 911.
At the same time, the family who lives on Military Rd. across from Jess Lyons Rd. was sitting in their living room, enjoying their evening, when they heard a loud *CRASH*. The matriarch of the family (also unnamed) turned to the others and said, “There goes the fence again.” [A couple years ago, someone crashed in the same spot, but veered right, missing the trees and crashing through the family’s horse pasture. The resulting damage to fences cost around $200 in repairs. – JD]
A bottle of Crown Royal was found in the back seat of the Impala, and it is believed that alcohol contributed to the wreck.