Narcotics were seized after a three-vehicle crash on Highway 136 near Dillon Road on Sunday, Sept. 27.
According to Tennessee Highway Patrol’s preliminary incident information, Lee Austin Forkrum, 21, of Gainesboro, was driving a 2014 Ford Fiesta north on Standing Stone Highway (SR136) around 6:12 p.m. as James H. Neely, 76, of Hilham, was driving a 2020 Honda Fit south, followed by a 2005 Ford Explorer SportTrac, driven by Leisa Phillips, 56, of Cookeville.
Forkrum reportedly told THP that he fell asleep when his Fiesta crossed the center line and struck Neely’s Honda in the front left.
Phillips attempted to stop the SportTrac, but struck the Fiesta, according to the report.
Forkrum’s Fiesta came to final rest in the northbound lane, facing south, the Fit came to final rest in the southbound lane, facing east, and the SportTrac came to final rest in the southbound lane, facing south.
Neely, who was wearing a seatbelt, and his passenger, Wanda Phillips Neely, 72, were transported to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries, as was Phillips, who was also wearing a seatbelt.
A passenger in the Forkrum vehicle, “Michael Ledbetter, was found trying to dispose of narcotics in the ditch line. Mr. Ledbetter then fled the area on foot. The narcotics seized is what appears to be approximately 14.5oz of marijuana,” the THP report states.