A woman driving with a revoked license has put off the dream for an aspiring Marine and a young nurse last week.
Andrew Floied and Ashley Morgan are in the intensive care unit at Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga after being involved in a wreck in which the motorcycle they were riding was T-boned in Grundy County on Thursday night.
Andrew Floied was set to go to the Marines this winter while Morgan just started working as a nurse.
Andrew Floied and Morgan went for a motorcycle ride Thursday to Monteagle. Adam Floied, Andrew's dad, said his son liked to ride the back roads. So when the couple headed home, Andrew Floied took Highway 41 back to Manchester.
"He always wears his safety gear," said Adam Floied, who is the assistant police chief in Manchester. "They've got really nice helmets, jackets, gloves and riding boots. He would never let her ride unless she had her gear on as well."
At the intersection of Highway 50 near Pelham, the motorcycle they were riding was struck by a car driven by 71-year-old Mary White, who pulled onto Highway 41 and did not see Andrew Floied and Morgan. White was charged with driving on a revoked driver's license and financial responsibility for not having insurance.
"It pinned Andrew in between the motorcycle and the car and slammed him into the hood," said Adam Floied. "It crushed Ashley's left leg, then it ejected her off the motorcycle."
As the assistant police chief in Manchester, Adam Floied has seen a number of crashes. When he pulled up to this one, panic set in.
"The first thing I saw was the trooper spraying marks on the road, and for any law enforcement officer, that's a terrible sign," said Adam Floied. "That's usually what we start doing when there is a fatality."
Luckily both Andrew Floied and Morgan survived. They were both flown to Erlanger Medical Center.
"They both had bright futures and had well thought out careers ahead of them, and because of this careless action, their futures have changed drastically," said Adam Floied.
Andrew Floied will have surgery today and the family's hope is he'll soon be strong enough to move into his own room.
The crash is still under investigation.
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