Smyrna wreck

Smyrna police said a car turned in front of this dump truck, causing it to crash into a utility pole, sign and a parked Ford Edge, pushing the Edge into the Hardee’s on South Lowry Street on Saturday, May 9. SMYRNA POLICE DEPARTMENT

A multi-vehicle wreck in Smyrna resulted in a parked vehicle being pushed into a Hardee’s restaurant.

The accident was called in to the Smyrna Police Department around 11:13 a.m. Saturday, May 9, according to the crash report.

A Nissan Altima driven by Lesvia Maria Lopez-Constanza, 31, was turning left from South Lowry Street onto Enon Springs Road while a dump truck was traveling north on South Lowry, the report said. Lopez-Constanza turned in front of the dump truck, causing substantial damage to both vehicles. 

The dump truck’s axle broke, causing the driver to lose control, hit a utility pole, a TitleMax sign and then a Ford Edge that was parked in front of Hardee’s. The dump truck’s impact pushed the Edge into the front of the restaurant.

All three vehicles sustained disabling damage, the report says. The utility pole was snapped in half, while the TitleMax sign sustained damage at the base. The restaurant received damage in the front of the building.

Lopez-Constanza told police she had the green arrow and the dump truck ran the red light, the report says. The dump truck driver said the light had turned yellow but he was unable to stop due to his load and that the driver had turned in front of him.

Lopez-Constanza and three passengers in her car were transported by Rutherford County EMS to TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center for suspected minor injuries.

Lopez-Constanza did not possess a driver’s license, the report says.

SPD said it obtained a dash-cam video from a witness who was behind Lopez-Constanza in the left turn lane, the report says. The video allegedly shows her enter the intersection under a yellow light and the light turning red. Her car continues to complete the turn while the dump truck enters the intersection on a red light, with the vehicles colliding. The footage does not show the dump truck striking the telephone pole, sign or Ford Edge.

A warrant was issued for Lopez-Constanza allegedly driving without a license, the report says. The dump truck driver was not cited.

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