The 11:44 a.m. accident involved Ms. Blankenship's late model Pontiac Gran Prix and a 2005 model 4X4 Chevrolet pickup truck. The Pontiac was apparently traveling south on the Scottsville Road and was struck in the left front by the pickup as it pulled out from Ellington Drive onto the main highway.
The impact of the crash sent Ms. Blankenship's vehicle across a vacant lot on the southwest corner of Ellington Drive and the Scottsville Road and across two residential front yards before it struck a tree and came to a rest more than 100 yards from the point of impact. The large pickup truck remained on the roadway at the intersection.
“The pickup didn't ‘run' the stop sign; he just didn't see the car coming and pulled out in front of it,” said another motorist, who said he...
witnessed the crash.
The driver of the pickup, Alton Moore of Franklin, NC and his wife were not injured in the incident. Moore was visiting relatives for the holidays and was prepared to return home to North Carolina when the accident happened. Moore told LPD Sgt. Jeff Tucker that he thought the intersection was a four-way stop, and pulled out because he mistakenly thought the Pontiac would stop. The North Carolina man apparently was not familiar with the busy intersection.
Peggy Blankenship was reported to have suffered a concussion as a result of the collision, but was released from St. Thomas Hospital Sunday night, December 31. She was resting comfortably at home this Tuesday morning, according to her sister.
Several units of the LPD, the Lafayette Fire Department, Rescue Squad and county Ambulance Service responded to the accident, with first responders arriving on the scene just six minutes after the emergency call came in.