LEWISBURG, Tenn. (WKRN) – The death of a beloved Lewisburg dentist last month has prompted a Maury County Commissioner to seek a speed limit change on the road where he was hit and killed.
Dr. Laray Rector was riding a mountain bike on Bryant Station Road in Maury County last month when an SUV collided with him.
According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the driver of the vehicle, Brittney Hutt, 25, of Columbia, was negotiating a curve when she hit Dr. Rector head on.
The well-known dentist was riding alongside a friend who witnessed the fatal accident. The wreck happened on the day of Dr. Rector’s 55th birthday.
Maury County Commissioner Terry Potts, who represents District 8, is now pushing to reduce the speed limit on Bryant Station Road in Culleoka between Scribners Mill Road and State Highway 50, where the accident occurred.
Potts has proposed creating a 35 mph speed limit on the county road.
He told News 2 there is currently no speed limit sign posted, which he says means it is 55 mph.
“I went out and took a look at the road,” he said. “It’s just a very rough, narrow road if two cars meet each other. Nobody needs to be doing 55 on it.”
Commissioner Potts knew Dr. Rector.
“I went to school with Dr. Rector,” he said. “We actually graduated together. He was a friend so it kind of touched home.”
“He was a community-minded, well-liked guy. His family had already been through some tragedy before this so for this to happen, it is a big loss for Maury County,” Potts continued.
The measure will go before the Maury County Commission on January 20.
“If we can save one life in his memory by doing this then we’ve accomplished what we’re after,” Potts added.