UPDATE, June 3, 5:15 p.m. — The THP has retracted its initial statement that the driver of the motorcycle failed to yield the right of way. The incident remains under investigation.
INITIAL STORY — A husband and wife riding a motorcycle were seriously injured Sunday around 8 p.m. in a two-vehicle crash near a Crump restaurant popular with bikers.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol said the driver of the 1987 Harley Davidson motorcycle, Jeffrey D. White, 52, of Booneville, Mississippi, and his wife Wendy White were both transported to Regional One hospital in Memphis. Both were wearing helmets.
Failing to yield the right of way, White had pulled out of the parking lot of Hillbilly’s Wing Shack at 26280 Tenn. 69-S and struck the front end of a 2018 Honda Accord traveling north on the highway and driven by Savannah L. Meek, 21, of Lexington, Tennessee.
Meek was reported injured and was wearing a seat belt. A 21-year-old passenger from Reagan, Tennessee, was not injured and was wearing a seat belt.
It’s unknown at this time if drugs or alcohol were a factor in the collision, the THP said.