Charges pending for driver involved in wreck that killed Fayetteville High School student-athlete

LINCOLN COUNTY, Tenn. – The Tennessee Highway Patrol said charges are pending for the driver of the vehicle involved in the two-vehicle wreck that killed a Fayetteville High School student-athlete on Saturday.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol said around 2:50 p.m. a man was driving around a curve traveling northbound on Shelbyville Highway when an unsecured bale of hay came off his Ford F-250 and hit the Nissan Versa Tate Tuten was driving southbound head-on.

Lt. Chris Dye with the Tennessee Highway Patrol said the investigation is ongoing and once the investigation is finished the district attorney will assess appropriate charges for the man.

The Lincoln County community is mourning the loss of Fayetteville High School senior Tate Tuten, who played wide receiver and linebacker.

A team meeting is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday where counselors will be available for Tuten’s teammates.

According to Tuten’s obituary, a life celebration for Tate Tuten will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, October 10, at Fayetteville First Presbyterian Church. Visitation with the family will be from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 9 at Higgins Funeral Home.

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