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Two men died this week in separate fatality accidents, the Tennessee Highway Patrol has confirmed. 

Preliminary reports were unavailable at press time, but The Leader has learned that 24-year-old Cody Gatlin was involved in a hit-and-run accident on Marshall Road in Munford. 

In  addition to his parents and grandparents – Steve and Gina Harkness, Dan and Brenda Gewin and Jessie Harkness – he leaves behind a fiancée, Mariah Davis, and three-week-old son, Cameron Gatlin. 

His family is in need of help funding his funeral. Covington Funeral Home has charge of arrangements. 

Early Monday morning, 56-year-old William G. Wiltshire of Brighton died after the pickup he was driving struck another vehicle, driven by Jeremy Bryant, 34, at the intersection of Hwy. 14 and Beaver Creek Road. 

Wiltshire was thrown from the truck. He was airlifted to Regional One Medical Center in Memphis, but died an hour after the accident. 

Bryant’s vehicle overturned and he sustained injuries in the accident, however their extent is unknown. 

His passenger, 33-year-old Jeffrey Bryant, was not injured.

THP reports indicate Wiltshire was not wearing his seatbelt. The officer’s opinion was that a seatbelt would have saved his life. 

Speed was not a factor in the accident.

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