Man Killed in Car Crash, Car Stopped Yards Away From Homes

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(Memphis) One man is dead; another driver is OK after a 2-car crash near James and Woodland Hills Cove.

Part of a car's bumper and a side mirror lay in Dorothy Danner's yard on James Road. It's just some of what's left from a horrific car crash that killed a 31-year-old man early Sunday morning.

“When I went to the car, I was hoping I could help, but it was too late,” said Danner.

Danner was watching TV in her home when she heard two loud booms. She ran outside and saw the man in a crumpled car.

Police say, the driver was going down James Road when he sideswiped a car next to him.

“You can see the skid marks,” pointed out Danner.

The driver lost control of his car, smacked into a utility police then rammed into Danner's tree. But the car didn’t stop there. It spun out of control before it smashed Danner's neighbor's tree. All this happened as rain pelted the roads Sunday morning.

Danner says the first tree the car hit, is where her 4-year-old great-granddaughter hangs out.

“That's her play place right around that tree,” said Danner.

But not so much anymore, the great-grandmother is too nervous.

Right next door, Kynzie Bearden spent part of the morning picking up papers in her yard. They flew out of the car. She watched as coroners cleaned up the scene.

“My heart goes to the young man and his family,” said Bearden.

Even though she witnessed a tragedy, she's thankful the crash wasn’t worse.

“You’re grateful this tree was here,” said WREG’s Elise Preston.
“Amen, because he could have spun out into the yard or street,” said Bearden.

Bearden’s praying others pay attention to how precious life is.

“We can take life for granted,” expressed Bearden.

Police haven't said if alcohol or speed was a factor in the crash. Witnesses tell News Channel 3, the man killed was being followed in another car by his girlfriend. The two had just left a party.