About 8:00 pm last Friday night, William Rood, 20, and two female passengers, Shawntel Rood, 16, and Kaydi Woolbright, 16, were traveling East on Tuscaloosa Road. According to Rood, he saw a deer on the side of the road and slowed down. He said he then hit the deer and doesn’t remember anything after the impact. According to his statement to Columbus Police Officers, Rood was only going 35 miles per hour when the wreck occured.
Rood’s 2005 Chevrolet Silverado left the South side of the roadway near Mason Street. It skirted a concrete drainage ditch, flattening one of the yellow and black warning signs that stood at the shoulder of Tuscaloosa Road. The truck then rode the roadside ditch before vaulting over Mason Street. The front of the truck dug furrows out of Mason Street when it returned to earth and then plowed heavily into the neighboring yard. The impact crushed the front of the truck and flipped the vehicle around, leaving it facing westward on the shoulder. Both passenger side tires were blown out in the wreck.
Both of the girls were secured to backboards and taken to BMH-GT for further medical treatment. William Rood was unharmed in the accident.
CPD officers and Fire and Rescue responders searched the area, but found no trace of the deer that Rood claimed to have hit.