Family: Last 48 hours ‘a nightmare’ after Dickson Co. crash kills son, injures daughter

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Two teens were killed and two more injured after a crash in Dickson County early Saturday morning.

Police responded to the call just after midnight on Sept. 8 in the 1300 block of Tidwell Switch Road.

Investigators said 17-year-old Layton Woodard and 17-year-old William Howard were both killed in the crash. Layton’s sister, 15-year-old Chelsie Woodard and the driver were also injured.

The Dickson County Sheriff told News 2 that the teens were in a car that was actively being pursued for reckless driving by a sheriff’s deputy.  

The driver stopped and then fled. The deputy lost sight of the driver and later found the crashed car. 

On Monday the Tennessee Highway Patrol was back on the scene marking and reconstructing the crash. 

Investigators with THP said the crash is still under investigation. The Dickson County DA told News 2 charging decisions will be made at the conclusion of the investigation. 

The mother of Layton and Chelsie said the last 48 hours have been a nightmare. 

“I feel like I can’t catch my breath. We just ordered his cap and gown; while viewing his senior picture proofs earlier this week. Knowing my child was taken from me at such a young age with so much life to live, my heart is broken. I’m just taking each second as it comes and goes, trying to stay strong. He loved being with me, he was a mama’s boy and I know he is holding me up even though he isn’t physically here,” said Crystal Crafton. 

Layton worked part-time for his uncle Stephen Sullivan. 

“He had so much at a young age than most people will have their whole life and it was due to a very loved family that wanted to make sure he was taken care of and that got cut very, very short,” Sullivan told News 2. 

The family said Chelsie suffered severe traumatic injuries to her brain and spinal cord. 

A GoFundMe account has been set up to help the Layton family.

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