Sixteen-year-old Tyler Neitz was involved in a nasty car wreck last week on Chapman Highway and Titsworth Springs Road.
A shocked and distraught Michele Soloway happened upon the scene of the incident just moments after it occurred to discover that it was her son’s car mangled and strewn across Chapman Highway.
“When I drove up to the accident, I said, ‘I hope it isn’t Tyler,’” Soloway said. “But, then I realized it was his car.”
Soloway’s fiancé Bill Sexton struggled to hold her back as she looked on in despair at the wreckage. Seymour Volunteer Fire Department Chief Darryl Kerley quickly went over to Soloway and Sexton and within a minute had Soloway relieved and under control. “If Bill hadn’t restrained me, I’m sure I would’ve gotten hit by the cars,” Soloway said.
Despite totaled condition of the car, Neitz managed to walk away from the accident with only a chipped tooth. Moments before his mother had arrived at the scene, Neitz had already been transported to the hospital.
“I call this my early Christmas Present,” said Soloway lamenting on the traumatic false alarm.
“The only physically evident injury to Tyler is his chipped tooth, which the dentist patched up at the hospital,” Soloway said.
The other vehicle involved in the accident was a pick-up truck that received minor damage and no injuries from the two persons inside.
Just before Neitz left the house, his mother had asked him to be careful to which Nietz responded with, “Why are you saying that to me Mom, you know I’m a good driver.”
Neitz just got his license three weeks ago on his 16th birthday, which was December 1.
Nietz attends Seymour High School and just got a job at McDonalds.
Constable Roger Floyd was the first on the scene with the SVFD and members of the Sevier County Sheriff’s Department shortly behind. The Sheriffs assisted with traffic and with the wreckage and the Sevier County Ambulance Service transported Neitz.