MARSHALL COUNTY, Tenn. — Derick D. Bostick, a 56-year-old Racine man, was killed in a five-vehicle car accident Thursday in Tennessee, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol.
Bostick had been driving a Ford Taurus on Marshall County’s Interstate 65 when the accident occurred. For unknown reasons, Bostick had stopped the car in the middle of the interstate’s southbound lanes and was standing beside it, patrol officials wrote in a preliminary accident report given to The Journal Times Sunday.
A semi swerved to avoid hitting Bostick but clipped his car’s rear bumper. Another semi rear-ended his car. A fourth vehicle, a Chrysler sedan, swerved to avoid hitting Bostick but lost control and hit one of the semi’s trailers. A fifth vehicle, a van, ran over Bostick’s body in the roadway; by that time he was dead. It is unclear which vehicle hit and killed him, the report said.
Six people were driving or riding in the involved vehicles. Bostick and a 19-year-old Georgia woman both died. A 20-year-old Tennessee woman was injured. The others, including Bostick’s only passenger, 57-year-old John L. Hickman, also of Racine, sustained no injuries, the report said.
No citations or criminal charges have been issued and speed was not a factor in the accident, according to the report.