Video of crash goes viral; members of funeral procession speak out
MARION COUNTY, TN. (WRCB) -- Childhood friend Blake Chance visits the spot where Bobby Flarity was killed last Wednesday.
"It's going to be real hard, going to miss him a lot," says Chance.
Flarity, 21, was killed when his car went off the road and hit a tree about 2.5 miles down the road from where a collision nearly involving his funeral procession was caught on camera.
Biker Cody Vice recorded everything on his helmet camera. He was just inches away from being hit. Since Channel 3 posted it on our Facebook page, the video has gone viral.
Chance was a part of the funeral procession and saw the video on Facebook.
"Crazy, I thought it was real crazy, real sad. People just need to pay respect," Chance says.
"I always stop to show respect. I don't think it's courteous to keep going," says Vice.
Marion County Sheriff Bo Burnett says state law does not require drivers to pull over for funeral processions. However, if the funeral procession is escorted by a vehicle with a flashing amber light or police car, grievers have the right of way.
In this instance, the funeral home was escorting the procession and a driver going the opposite direction stopped in the middle of the street. The rules of the road say, keep going.
"I didn't think it was smart for the car, just to stay in the middle of the road," says Vice.
Thankfully, no one was seriously injured in this crash. However, around here, southern hospitality may just contradict the law even if it means flirting with danger.
"I just think you should respect the people that had a loss in their family," says Chance.
While the Marion County Sheriff's Office says they do escort between six and seven funeral processions a week, they were not called to escort this particular one.
Sheriff Burnett says the crash investigation is ongoing and no charges have yet been filed.
Saturday, January 20 2018 6:08 PM EST2018-01-20 23:08:09 GMT
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