LAWRENCEBURG, Tenn. — A married couple was killed Sunday when a vehicle struck the motorcycle they were riding while they were stopped for traffic on U.S. 64, authorities said.
Clyde Ray Newton, 66, and Willodean Carmie Newton, 62, died from injuries received in the crash, Lawrenceburg police said.
Three others, including the driver of the vehicle that crashed into the motorcycle, were taken to hospitals but their injuries are not considered life-threatening, police said.
The wreck happened at approximately 5:30 p.m. on U.S. 64 and Ezell Drive, Assistant Police Chief Daren Goolsby said.
Clyde Newton was driving the motorcycle and his wife was the passenger when they came to a stop behind stopped vehicles at the intersection, Goolsby said. The couple had been traveling eastbound.
He said a sport utility vehicle driven by Misti Lane Risner, 35, of Lawrenceburg, also was traveling east and struck the rear of the motorcycle.
Risner’s vehicle then traveled into the westbound lane into a head-on collision with a vehicle driven by Sara Elizabeth Wiser, 18, of Taft, police said.
Wiser and passenger Adam Joe Wiser, 21, of Taft, were taken to Crockett Hospital in Lawrenceburg. Risner was flown to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, police said.
Goolsby said the Newtons died at the scene. He said it is too soon to know whether charges will be issued in connection with the wreck.
“Right now the investigation is still ongoing,” Goolsby said. “We’ve been speaking with the district attorney’s office, and there still are some things we’re in the process of trying to figure out, so right now we don’t know.”
He said police and the Tennessee Highway Patrol’s Critical Incident Response Team are investigating.
Bernie Delinski can be reached at 256-740-5739 or bernie.delinski@TimesDaily.com.