Former Lebanon High School coach dies in car accident

Former Lebanon High School coach dies in car accident (Image 1)
Former Lebanon High School coach dies in car accident (Image 1)

The Wilson County community is mourning the death of a former coach after a fatal car crash on Saturday.

Randy Vanatta, a former girls basketball coach and golf coach at Lebanon High School, was killed in a car crash.

According to a report by The Lebanon Democrat, the wreck happened around 2:40 p.m. at the intersection of Winwood and Woodside Drive.

When officers arrived they found Vanatta, 58, dead at the scene.

The 12 year-old son of a longtime friend was a passenger in Vanatta's vehicle, he was transported via helicopter to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he was listed in stable condition Saturday night.

According to Police Chief Scott Bowen, the report indicates Vanatta was traveling east on Woodside Drive in a 2008 Audi TT2 at the intersection when he pulled into the path of a 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier driven by a Lebanon High School student.

The student, Darius Johnson, 16, was driving south on Winwood Drive, another LHS student, Byron  Williams, 17, was a passenger in Johnson's car.

Both students were treated at Vanderbilt with non-life threatening injuries.

Police said everyone involved in the crash was wearing a seatbelt, and there were no signs of drug or alcohol use at the time of the crash.

Bowen said officers believe contributing factors to the crash are speed and failure to yield.

A traffic re-constructionist is leading the ongoing investigation.

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