‘This is how I die:’ Man recounts terrifying crash caused by wrong-way driver on I-24

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Bryan Fenn thought he was going to die when a driver went the wrong way down Interstate 24 near Clarksville Friday afternoon. 

“I thought this is it,” Fenn said. “This is where I go out. This is how I die.”

He has damage to his new pick up truck including, a broken windshield and paints splashed in several areas.

“I’ve got paint and damage all along the whole, entire truck, on top of the roof, in the bed,” he said.

Sergeant Charles Caplinger, a spokesperson for Tennessee Highway Patrol says the driver, Patrick Martin, was under the influence of drugs. 

“He could’ve killed people that day,” Fenn said. 

Fenn says the suspect was going west in eastbound traffic.

“There was a driver coming right at me,” he said.

Fenn says he swerved, but the driver side-swiped him. 

A trailer in front of him filled with paint cans was also hit, dumping paint on his truck.

“There were vehicles everywhere,” Fenn said. “Cop cars flying by.” 

Along with DUI, Martin faces a list of charges including five counts of reckless endangerment, evading by foot, evading by vehicle, hit and run, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to notify of an accident, and driving on a revoked license.

Despite the damage, Fenn says he feels lucky he walked away without a scratch.

“Thank God, I’m still here,” he said. “I still get to see my daughters and my family every day.”

Martin is being held at the Roberston County jail on a $77,000 bond.

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