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UPDATE: Woman dies in New Year’s Eve wreck

Jared Felkins jfelkins@lebanondemocrat.com • Dec 15, 2015 at 2:08 PM

A Mt. Juliet woman died in a wreck Tuesday night when the minivan she was driving rolled after hitting a fence.

According to Trooper John Welker’s report, Melissa Dickens, 48, of Mt. Juliet, died at the scene of the wreck at 7679 Franklin Road near the Central Pike intersection.

Welker said Dickens was driving a 2000 Ford Windstar at a high rate of speed westbound on Franklin Road when the minivan left the right side of the road, struck a fence and overturned. He said Dickens, who was not wearing a seat belt, was partially ejected from the vehicle that came to rest on top of her. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to Welker, speed and alcohol were contributing factors in the crash. The posted speed limit on the section of Franklin Road where the wreck happened is 35 mph.

The crash happened at 8:16 p.m. Lebanon police Chief Scott Bowen said a call came into dispatch at 8:05 p.m. reporting a possibly intoxicated woman matching Dickens’ description pumping gas at a Mapco convenience store on Highway 109. A minute later, Bowen said a second call notified police she left the Mapco headed southbound on Highway 109, which intersects with Franklin Road.

“The tag matches the call we received, so that was her,” Bowen said. “I hate we couldn’t get there quicker. We might could have stopped her.”

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