Elderly Driver In Fatal Winchester Crash Dies

Posted at 10:22 PM, Jan 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-01 23:22:22-05

The driver thought to be responsible for a fatal crash has died in from her injuries while in the hospital.

Officials with the Winchester Police Department said 83-year-old Mary Parks died Friday at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

She was involved in a crash in Winchester that killed a 7-year-old boy and injured herself and four others.

The crash happened around 11:30 a.m. Thursday, New Year's Eve, on Dinah Shore Boulevard in Winchester.

Officials with the Winchester Police Department said Parks rear-ended a minivan stopped at an intersection. The van was carrying the Hill family.

Parks' 2008 Kia hit the van so hard that it pushed it more than 70 feet into oncoming traffice where it collided with a Ford F150 pickup truck.

Police said Parks was traveling at a high rate of speed, about 90 miles per hour.

Inside the van was Aaron and Lynetta Hill and their two twin 7-year-old boys James and John.

James Hill was pronounced dead at Southern Tennessee Medical Center in Winchester. His brother, John, was airlifted from the scene and taken to the hospital. He went through surgery for internal injuries, but had not regained consciousness.

Their father, Aaron, was also seriously injured in the crash. He was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Lynetta was expected to be okay, but suffered a broken back and six broken ribs.

Police said 83-year-old Mary Parks was driving the Kia and also suffered serious injuries. Jimmie Northcutt was Parks' passenger and sister. Parks was in critical condition at Vanderbilt, but Northcutt was in stable condition.