“Lover’s quarrel” results in three-vehicle accident

Ryan Carter

June 6, 2014

In what was described as a lover’s quarrel, police say that a 56-year-old Washington Court House woman intentionally crashed her vehicle into her ex-husband’s vehicle Thursday evening in the 700 block of South Main Street.

Margaret P. Smith, of 520 Wilson St., has been charged with violation of a protection order and is being held in the Fayette County Jail.

At around 6:21 p.m. Thursday, Washington C.H. Police Department officers responded to the three-vehicle accident involving a black Toyota Tundra, a black Dodge Ram and a tan Chevrolet Impala. Mark E. Smith, 58, of 217 Mulberry St., told officers that he and his girlfriend were traveling in the Toyota Tundra northbound on Main Street when his ex-wife, identified as Margaret Smith, drove her Dodge truck into the side of their vehicle, reports said.

“Pavement markings and scrapes seem to indicate that Margaret Smith had traveled left of center and struck Mark Smith’s vehicle, then struck a 2014 Chevy Impala that was legally parked on Main Street, before coming to rest behind the Impala,” police said.

Margaret Smith reportedly told police that she had attempted to apply the brake, but her steering locked up and she veered hard to the left, causing her to strike Mark Smith’s truck.

“The pavement marking and lack of any tire marks left by her vehicle appear to indicate that Margaret Smith had intentionally caused the crash,” police said.

Mark Smith complained of a possible broken arm following the crash, but declined treatment by Life Squad. Margaret Smith was treated for a laceration over her eye. There were no injuries reported to Mark Smith’s girlfriend.

During the investigation, police discovered that Mark Smith has a civil protection order filed against his ex-wife. After Margaret was released from the Fayette County Memorial Hospital Emergency Room, police took her into custody.

The accident shut down a portion of South Main Street until the scene was cleared.