By Kelly Foreman / Staff Writer

A Whitley County teen hit by a truck while driving his lawn mower Monday remains in critical condition.

According to a nursing supervisor at the University of Tennessee Medical Center late Tuesday, the condition of Alonzo Nelson, 18, had not improved from Monday night.

Nelson reportedly suffered severe head trauma and a broken leg as a result of the crash, Whitley County Sheriff’s Lt. David Lennon said Monday.

Lennon could not be reached Tuesday for new information on his investigation into the crash.

Nelson was reportedly driving a Murray riding lawn mower on Little Spruce Creek Road around 3:30 p.m. Monday when the crash occurred.

Lennon said 17-year-old Aaron Lowe was driving his Ford Ranger when he collided with Nelson, who entered the roadway from a neighbor’s driveway.

Lowe reportedly didn’t have time to react, struck Nelson’s lawn mower, causing him to be knocked to the ground.

Nelson was flown from the scene by Air Evac to the Tennessee hospital immediately following the crash. Lowe was not injured.

Nelson was reportedly looking in the opposite direction from which Lowe was driving and never saw him coming.

The lawn mower did not have a blade on it, Lennon said. The weeds were high, making the driveway difficult to see for passing traffic, police said.

“I don’t think there was any speed involved; I don’t think there was any alcohol involved,” Lennon said Monday. “I think there was just a lot of bad luck coming together all at one time.”

The wreck remains under investigation by the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department. Oak Grove Fire Department and Whitley County EMS also assisted at the scene.

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