published Thursday, March 24th, 2011

Man killed in Highway 58 crash was trying to warn drivers

A Meigs County man who was killed in a crash on Highway 58 early this morning had been trying to warn other drivers by starting a fire behind his broken-down truck, authorities said.

Steven Eugene Evans, 37, was traveling south on the highway when his 1984 Toyota pickup truck broke down in the middle of road between Maggie Lane and Highway 60,s aid Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Janice Atkinson.

He attempted to burn a garbage bag at the rear of his truck to warn oncoming traffic, but the darkness prevented him from being seen, Atkinson said. A pickup truck driven by Timothy Walden, 29, struck both Evans and his truck just before 6 a.m.

Evans was pronounced dead at the scene and Walden, of Ten Mile, Tenn., was treated at Erlanger hospital with non-life threatening injuries, she said.

Evans had been an employee in the Hamilton County Public Works Department

for 16 years, according to Atkinson. He was a road crew leader for the brush

cutters who clear roads after debris or trees block them.

Atkinson said the investigation is being conducted by the sheriff’s office, but at this time it appears no charges will be filed.

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Some of these people in the south can not drive worth a lick.

March 24, 2011 at 6:32 p.m.
dude_abides said...

lightweightindepends... People in the north would get out and walk away without trying to warn the other drivers, and your callous remark proves it. Why don't you move to Detroit, I hear there's plenty of housing available. Not many cars either. We must be doing something right for you to drag your sorry ass down here to live. Go away in a real and permanent sense.

March 24, 2011 at 7:44 p.m.
Echo said...

dude_abides..why are you such a hater? Your callous and hurtful remarks show that you hate and hate is bad. Because you hate, your ideas are bad too. Your ideas are bad and you are mean-spirited and that means that you are ignorant. You are ignorant so you have nothing of value to say. I'm morally superior to you because I called you a hater. That's how it works in your circles.

March 24, 2011 at 11:10 p.m.
dude_abides said...

Echo! You disappeared for so long! Anyway, you have read the article and you have read the comments and you agree with the 1st one but not the 2nd. I was actually saddened by the thought of this man trying to build a fire to warn other motorists and getting killed as a result. Then along comes lighthouse with a crack about all southern drivers (which in itself is trying to perpetuate a stereotype), and I was beside myself. I feel like my response was in keeping with my empathy for the accident victims. If you feel moved to defend his callous remarks and not the victims, I'm not sure your opinion was well thought out. Your avatar speaks volumes compared to your text. Maybe I will get the one of George Bush in a cheerleader outfit (with a bullhorn, no less)! See you in a few months (if your next disappearance holds to your previous pattern).

March 25, 2011 at 7:21 a.m.
dude_abides said...

Boy, was I wrong. You didn't disappear at all, echo. I took the opportunity to see where you've been, and you've been purveying your vile on a regular basis. I had just not seen you since you attacked me one evening and split. I did see one particularly scary post from you re: people coming into your home at 3a.m., and what a good marksman you are, and shotgun blasts through peoples spines, etc. It was something. I'm sorry I disparaged the north (from whence, it's apparent, you hail), and will try, henceforth, to not be bothered by ignorance from yankee jerks who think they are superior, based on their alpha male status in their own small pond.

March 25, 2011 at 7:31 p.m.
sunnydelight said...

independentlighthouse said... Some of these people in the south can not drive worth a lick.

You sir , by that remark , are so unworthy of your Icon . You are an embarrassament to the craft.

September 16, 2011 at 5:37 p.m.
ginagirl43 said...

Independentlighthouse - how ignorant. Nobody is making you stay down south. How completely callous. DudeAbides I don't blame you for what you said. Feel the same way. Prayers and best wishes for this poor man's family. Never mind the imbecile post.

September 16, 2011 at 6:06 p.m.
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