Walland man dies after collision; other driver flees scene
By J.J. Kindred | (firstname.lastname@example.org)
One man is dead and another arrested as the result of a two-vehicle accident on South Washington Street in Maryville Monday afternoon.
According to Maryville Police Chief Tony Crisp, the accident occurred at about 1 p.m. in front of the BB&T Bank at 220 South Washington Street.
Bobby Goforth, 78, Barb Hollow Road, Walland, was traveling south on South Washington Street driving a 2000 blue Jeep Grand Cherokee, while Michael Brandon Amburn, 22, Jefferson Avenue, Maryville, was driving in the opposite direction in a 1991 black Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck.
Goforth drove into the center turn lane and attempted to make a left turn into the BB&T parking lot. He turned into the path of Amburn’s truck and their vehicles collided.
Crisp said the two drivers had a brief exchange of words, when suddenly Goforth went into cardiac arrest. As Goforth was falling ill, Amburn fled the scene.
A BOLO alert was issued on Amburn, and within minutes a narcotics officer with the Maryville Police Department stopped him and held him until officers arrived to arrest him, Crisp said.
Goforth was taken via Rural/Metro to Blount Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Amburn had two warrants out for his arrest on theft of property and violation of probation charges. He is being held in the Blount County Detention Center for those charges, and additional charges related to the accident are pending.
Both drivers were wearing their seat belts, Crisp said. The investigation is ongoing.