Nichole Hannahs

Family Narrowly Escapes Collision

by Nichole Hannahs on December 22, 2011 at 12:52 pm

A Christmas shopping trip almost turned tragic for one Cambridge family.

Lance Morrison and his fiancee Summer were coming home from Zanesville, December 17, on US 22 with their two month old daughter, Leighonna Nikol when they saw a car coming towards them straddling the yellow line followed by blue flashing lights.

"It was a gold blur," explained motorist Lance Morrison. "I’m thinking oh my what’s going to happen?"

In dashcam video from Trooper Timothy Cunningham’s cruiser you can see the car driven by 41-year-old Darryl Carpenter narrowly miss the family’s car and continue down the road before pulling over. He was arrested with a blood alcohol limit of .268.

"I see it pretty much every night. I see the headlights basically just coming at us," said Summer Stillon. "If the blue lights wouldn’t have been behind him we wouldn’t have known."

"I haven’t slept in the last three days," added Morrison. "It’s just my two month old daughter was sleeping in the back right behind me and that’s where he would have hit us."

State Highway Patrol Superintendent Colonel John Born said that each motorist this weekend should be asking, what’s at stake?

"What’s at stake is sitting right her," Colonel Born said pointing to 2-month old Leighonna. "Two months old, easily could have had her life and the life of the two people that care about her taken."

It was thanks to a motorist that this driver was called in. Colonel Born said that motorists should call 911 or 1-877-7-Patrol when they see someone they feel could be impaired. It could mean the difference between life and death.

"I’m extremely blessed. Somebody was looking out for me and my family. Extremely lucky," said Morrison.

Mr. Carpenter has four previous convictions for OVI.