Soddy Daisy Man, 24, Killed In Early Morning Car Accident On Grasshopper Road; Woman Dies In Wreck On Dayton Pike

Thursday, December 20, 2012
Garren Wayne Flippo
Garren Wayne Flippo

One person is dead after an early morning car accident on Thursday. In a second wreck later in the morning, a woman was killed and two people injured on Dayton Pike.

At approximately 12:17 a.m., the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office responded to 7001 Grasshopper Road on a reported traffic crash. When deputies arrived on the scene they found a single vehicle crash involving a 2008 Nissan Versa.

Traffic investigators determined the vehicle was traveling westbound on Grasshopper Road when for unknown reasons the driver left the roadway on the left side while attempting to negotiate a curve.  The vehicle struck an embankment, then went airborne before landing on its side. 

The driver, identified as Garren Wayne Flippo, 24, of Soddy Daisy, had to be extricated from the vehicle.

Despite lifesaving efforts by personnel with the Hamilton County Emergency Medical Services as well as the Highway 58 Fire Department, the driver was pronounced dead at the scene. 

The investigation into the crash is ongoing and being handled by the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Division.

Mr. Flippo was the son of Gary Flippo and Lisa Denton. He graduated from Sequoyah High School and had been employed as a pipefitter and a tree trimmer. He was a member of Sale Creek United Methodist Church.

Funeral services will be Saturday at noon in the chapel of Vanderwall Funeral Home in Dayton with Rev. Cecil Baxter and Rev. Archie David Poole officiating. He will be buriedt in New Providence Cemetery in Sale Creek.

The family will receive friends Friday after 5 p.m.

The second wreck was reported at approximately 10:06 a.m. in the 14100 block of Dayton Pike. When deputies arrived on the scene they found the crash involved a single vehicle - a 2007 Toyota Camry.

Traffic Investigators determined that the Camry had been traveling southbound on Dayton Pike with three occupants. The vehicle left the roadway on the right side, then continued to travel a short distance before striking a tree.

The female driver had to be extricated from the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene. The other two occupants were transported to an area hospital due to the injuries they sustained in the crash.

The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Hamilton County Emergency Medical Services and Sale Creek Fire Department.

The investigation is ongoing and being handled by the HCSO Traffic Division. Names of the victims are being withheld until the next of kin is notified.


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