The Cookeville Police Department has released more details of a wreck that happened Sunday night that killed a woman coming home from church Sunday night.
@:Albertin Epps, 87, was killed and her husband, Byron Epps, was injured in the wreck that happened just after 7:30 p.m. The couple are members of Cookeville First Baptist Church, where Byron Epps had previously served as education minister in the 1970s and ’80s.
Sources close to the family say the wreck happened just after they left the church’s Sunday night service and were traveling home. They were passengers in a Toyota Avalon that was being driven northbound on South Willow Avenue by a 16-year-old female.
Police said a Chevrolet Cobalt being driven by 18-year-old Briana Varela was traveling southbound on the same street.
“As the vehicles neared the intersection of S. Willow Avenue and Jackson Street, the northbound vehicle began a left, or westbound, turn onto Jackson Street. The vehicles collided in the intersection, nearly head-on,” said Capt. Carl Sells said Wednesday morning.
“Neither the driver of the Cobalt or the Avalon sustained injuries that required transport to the hospital,” Sells continued.
Following the crash, the Eppses were transported to Cookeville Regional Medical Center for treatment of their injuries. From there, Albertine Epps was airlifted by helicopter ambulance to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where she died around 4 a.m. on Monday.
Byron Epps was transported by ground ambulance to Vanderbilt. Authorities were unable to provide details about his condition.
Hooper-Huddleston and Horner Funeral Home of Cookeville is in charge of arrangements for Albertin Epps. Those arrangements were incomplete Wednesday morning.
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