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Man accused of fleeing Church Hill wreck identified by passing motorist

Jeff Bobo • Sep 8, 2019 at 7:30 PM

CHURCH HILL — A Church Hill man accused of fleeing an Aug. 15 crash that took out a power pole, two trees, a water meter and a street sign was identified after a passing motorist reportedly called out, “Tyler, are you OK?”

Tyler Scott Ward, 28, 710 Elm Springs Road, was arrested Tuesday on charges including reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident stemming from a wreck that occurred the afternoon of Aug. 15 on Elm Springs Road near the Valley View Drive intersection.

Church Hill Police Department Detective Kevin Grigsby stated in his report that a black Dodge Ram pickup went off the side of the road, struck a water meter, and then ran over a power pole, knocking power lines into the roadway.

“The vehicle continued through the yard of 980 Valley View Drive, striking two trees and finally striking a street sign, coming to rest an estimated 250 feet from where the crash began,” Grigsby said. “The impact of the truck striking the second tree caused a trailer being towed by the truck to flip and throw a SCAG lawn mower from the trailer, that landed on Valley View Drive.”

Grigsby’s investigation revealed that “extreme speed” was a contributing factor in the crash.

A witness stated that the driver, a tall white male with a long black beard, was walking away from the crash when the occupant of a passing vehicle called out to him and asked, “Tyler, are you OK?”

Upon being presented with a photo array, the witness identified Ward as the driver of the pickup who fled the crash on foot.

While Grigsby was conducting his investigation, a rollback arrived on the scene. The driver stated he had been contacted by Ward to go to the scene and tow away his truck, trailer and mower.

Officers went to Ward’s residence, but he wasn’t there.

Grigsby stated in his report that on Aug. 16, Ward went to Dean and Sons towing in Mount Carmel attempting to retrieve his truck and mower, but he was told there was a hold on the vehicles because he hadn’t contacted the CHPD about the crash.

Ward was served the arrest warrant Tuesday at the Justice Center in Rogersville, and he was arraigned Wednesday in Sessions Court.

Other charges include failure to give immediate notice of an accident, no insurance and registration violation.

Ward’s next court date is scheduled for Nov. 6.

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