|Published: 9:20 AM, 10/29/2012
Author: Tommy Millsaps
Source: The Monroe County Advocate
A well-known Sweetwater optometrist,
Dr. Frederick J. Wright, was killed in a motorcycle accident on U.S.
Highway 129 Wednesday afternoon in Blount County.
According to the Tennessee Highway
Patrol, Wright, 68, was traveling northbound on Highway 129 about a
mile from the intersection with Highway 72.
THP said Wright lost control of his
1996 Harley-Davidson bike while going around a curve and left the
roadway overturning into a ditch. The Highway Patrol said Wright was
wearing a helmet and no drugs or alcohol were involved.
Wright for years has had a popular
practice on Main Street. On Thursday, a black ribbon was tied on the
door to his office.
Friends recall him as an outstanding
doctor and an even better person.
Sweetwater Veterinarian Dr. Hugh
McCampbell knew Wright for years and had flown planes a few times
with Wright, who was an avid pilot.
"I just always thought of him as the
kind of Southern gentleman you would like to introduce your wife or
daughter to," McCampbell said.
Wright's office staff said on Friday, a
friend who was riding behind Wright at the time of the accident
thought it was possible Wright may have suffered a medical problem
just prior to his accident and that the doctor was driving slowly at
at the time of the crash. It was not confirmed for sure as of Friday
if a medical problem was a factor in the wreck.
See full story in the Sunday, Oct. 28, edition of The Advocate & Democrat.
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