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Driver faces charges - hit-and-run victim released from hospital

Published: 9:58 AM, 06/20/2008 Last updated: 5:05 PM, 08/03/2009

Source: The Rogersville Review

ROGERSVILLE - Mickey Wilcox is out of the hospital, following a hit and run accident on Friday, June 13 on Hwy. 66 in Rogersville. After emergency crews arrived at the scene near Berry Road, Wilcox was transported by a Lifestar helicopter to Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport.

In the meantime, police searched for the driver who left the scene in a four-door Honda Accord. Later in the evening, Nena Hammond, 19, of Bulls Gap, was arrested and placed in the Hawkins County jail.

According to Trooper Bryan Purkey of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Hammond was arraigned in court on Monday, charged with leaving the scene of an accident with injuries, vehicular assault, driving under the influence, violation of the open container law, driving with a suspended license, and reckless driving.

She is being held in the Hawkins County Jail without bond, awaiting her June 30 court date. Brandon Ashley Jones, 23, also of Bulls Gap, was a passenger in Hammond's vehicle and was arrested by Rogersville Police Officer Chris Pinkston on Friday for public intoxication.

According to Trooper Purkey, Hammond was traveling at a high-rate of speed while intoxicated. "I haven't done a speed check yet, but she was going very, very fast and came upon the motorcycle that Mr. Wilcox was riding sooner than she expected."

The trooper said Wilcox, who sustained a broken right foot and leg and flesh wounds to his right and left arms and hands, was apparently "slung" from his motorcycle upon impact but was not dragged as reported in this newspaper on June 18.

Skid marks on Hwy. 66, near where a new ball field is being leveled, make it appear as though smaller tire tracks follow in the center of the swerving path of Hammond's vehicle, however, the officer said he believes otherwise.

"From what I can tell looking at the damage to his bike and her car, I am very sure he was not dragged," Purkey said, noting he talked with Wilcox by phone on Tuesday, shortly before the victim was released from the hospital.

Wilcox, who is the warehouse manager for Of One Accord Ministries, has found a temporary residence while friends help him locate a wheel chair-accessible home.

"I'm trusting the Lord for his help," said this member of a motorcycle ministry known as Hard Core Disciples for Jesus Christ.  While his injuries will also result in loss of time at work, Wilcox said,  "I am blessed to be here at all. And, more than anything, I want the young woman to know Jesus loves her.  I've asked everyone who came to see me in the hospital to pray for her, to help her know that she is loved and forgiven. We have a responsibility to pray that she is saved and that Christ's love is revealed in her life. If that happens, every inch of road rash will be worth it. I see this as an opportunity to encourage her to do what God wants her to do."


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