Investigation continues into fatal Thursday 2-car crash accident
by GREG KAYLOR, Banner Staff Writer
Sep 21, 2010 | 2617 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Investigation into a Thursday two-car crash which killed a local woman continues.

Initial reports indicated Linda Daugherty crossed the center line on Mouse Creek Road and collided with an oncoming vehicle.

A report filed by officer Billy Cochran noted witness statements indicated Daugherty had accelerated northbound on Mouse Creek from the intersection of Paul Huff Parkway.

The witness stated she observed Daugherty’s vehicle had crossed into the “opposite lane of travel and struck” a vehicle driven by Richard N. Minor.

Minor was cited by Cochran for not having insurance, according to his report.

The report also noted th standardized toxicology and alcohol testing was done on both drivers, a procedure commonly performed in the event of a traffic-related death.

There was no indication either driver had consumed alcohol or was on medication at the time of the crash, according to the report, and both were wearing seat belts.

Minor sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

Daugherty was trapped inside her vehicle and was removed by Cleveland Fire Department personnel.

She died a short time later at SkyRidge Medical Center.

- Vincent Pastuch, 4, was identified as the child struck by a vehicle on Poplar Street Friday evening. He continues to recover in T.C. Thompson Children’s Hospital in Chattanooga.

According to the initial traffic report by Cleveland Police officer Morgan Johnson, Larry Hindman, 68, of Crandall, Ga., struck Pastuch.

“The pedestrian darted into the roadway,” noted Johnson.

Pastuch was airlifted to the Chattanooga hospital suffering from head and leg injuries, according to the report.

Investigation is continuing.