This BMW came to rest in a pasture off Country Lane after it left the roadway and rolled several times. Jeff Bobo photo.
CHURCH HILL — One teen remains in critical condition and another is facing charges after a horrific crash near Church Hill Wednesday afternoon in which a BMW went airborne, split a utility pole in half, and rolled several times.
The accident occurred Wednesday at about 1:43 p.m. on Country Lane about a quarter mile east of the Fudges Chapel Road intersection.
According to a Tennessee Highway Patrol report, Brogan Jennings, 18, of Mount Carmel, was driving a 2006 BMW 330xi at a “very high rate of speed” eastbound on the narrow and curvy Country Lane.
As the vehicle topped a hill, it went airborne and then landed back in the road, making several “gouge marks” on the roadway asphalt.
The vehicle then reportedly exited the roadway to the right, where it struck a fence and then a utility pole before rolling several times.
The car landed on its wheels in a horse pasture, but the passenger’s side of the roof had been caved in substantially. Both occupants were wearing seat belts, which probably saved their lives.
The passenger, Cody Horton, 18, of Church Hill, was listed in critical condition Thursday at the Holston Valley Medical Center. As of Thursday evening Jennings was listed in good condition at HVMC.
The broken utility pole, which holds a transformer that serves several area residences, is in the front yard of a mobile home where Marie Barnum lives with her boyfriend and daughter.
Barnum told the Times-News Thursday the electricity was out for about six hours after the wreck.
“You can’t go that fast down this little road,” Barnum said. “They went airborne at the bottom of the hill, and went through our fence and knocked our satellite dish down. They had to have been airborne when they hit the electric pole because it broke right in the middle.”
Barnum added, “He (Jennings) told the officer it was his girlfriend’s car and he’d borrowed it. He (Jennings) was out walking around after the accident, but his friend was definitely hurt. I’m just glad no one lost their life.”
Jennings was charged with speeding and no insurance.