Three witnesses testified in Nena Marie Hammond’s preliminary hearing Wednesday in Hawkins County Sessions Court, including Don Bard who said he was driving behind the two vehicles when the accident happened.
Bard didn’t see who was driving, but he said the 1990 Honda Accord attempted to pass a motorcycle on a curve over a double yellow line northbound on Route 66 just south of Rogersville. Bard said the vehicle struck the motorcyclist, knocking him down, and then spun round and struck some mailboxes before continuing on toward Rogersville, leaving the motorcyclist lying in the road.
The motorcyclist, Mickey Wilcox, watched the hearing Wednesday from a wheelchair, but he didn’t testify. According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Wilcox suffered a broken foot and cuts and bruises on his arms, legs and hands. He was flown from the scene via Lifestar air rescue helicopter and continues to recover from serious injuries.
Rogersville Police Department Officer Chris Pinkston also testified in the hearing, as did THP Trooper Bryan Purkey who investigated the accident.
Pinkston testified that he stopped the Honda in Rogersville and found Hammond, 19, 126 Summitt Hill Road, Bulls Gap, allegedly intoxicated behind the wheel of the vehicle. There was fresh damage on the outside of the car and open containers of beer in the car as well, Pinkston stated.
Results of Hammond’s blood alcohol test weren’t back from the crime lab as of Wednesday’s hearing.
Hammond’s passenger, Brandon Ashley Jones, 23, Bulls Gap, was charged with public intoxication by Pinkston.
Aside from vehicular assault and DUI, other charges against Hammond that were bound over to the grand jury Wednesday included leaving the scene of an accident with injuries, violation of the open container law, driving with a suspended license, and reckless driving.
Hammond remained lodged in the Hawkins County Jail Thursday on $3,000 bond. The case is likely to go before the grand jury when it next meets in either September of October.