Just after Midnight Saturday night, Derric Strickland lost control of his red Chevrolet S10 pickup in a curve of Highway 50 East, just past Tabernacle Road. Strickland reportedly hit the gravel shoulder at Tabernacle, over-corrected and spun around before finally rolling the truck. The vehicle came to rest on its side in the driveway at 4199 Highway 50 East.
When emergency crews arrived, Strickland was standing inside the cab of the truck, with his feet on the passenger door and his hunched shoulders crammed against the driver’s side door. The rear window of the truck had broken in the wreck, and it was through this window that firefighters were able to communicate with him.
Derric Strickland did not seem to know where he was or what had happened. He was very confused and initially thought he was inebriated. [His clothes were soaked, the cause of the wetness is still under investigation. -JD] It took firefighters several tries to explain to him how to unlock the doors of the vehicle so that they could pull him from the vehicle.
When they finally talked him through it, Strickland opened the driver’s door and stood up fully, revealing a gash on his head that was bleeding heavily. Rescuers helped him climb out of the truck and encouraged the confused man to lay on a stretcher while they put him in a neckbrace.
Once on the stretcher, Strickland asked, “What happened?” When told that he had flipped his truck, he said, “No way. I didn’t do that.” EMTs explained to Strickland that it was his truck that he had just climbed out of. His response was, “Aw man. That sucks!”
Strickland was taken to BMH-GT and treated with minor injuries. He was not given a DUI, and at press time the accident was “under investigation”, though the ground was littered a dozen or so beer cans and bottles.0