A Dickson man has been arrested and charged with vehicular homicide and DUI for the car crash that killed a pastor who owned the popular chicken restaurant Goodwings, according to jail records.
Larry Baker, 63, was booked into Dickson County Jail on May 27. The Tennessee Highway Patrol’s preliminary report on the May 16 wreck didn’t mention an arrest or alcohol use, and the THP didn’t release a follow-up report.
Baker was being held without bond.
In addition to owning Goodwings on Henslee Drive in Dickson, he served as pastor of Chalk Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Camden. A social media post on Monday indicated the restaurant would reopen on Thursday with limited hours of 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
The wreck was on U.S. Highway 70 at CCC Road, according to the THP. John Zachary Goodwin, 44, of Camden, died when his Toyota Prius was struck by Baker’s Ford Fusion, the THP said.
Baker was traveling north on CCC Road and failed to stop at a stop sign, the THP said. Baker’s car hit Goodwin’s car, which was westbound on U.S. 70, in the center of the driver’s side, the THP said.
Both vehicles went off the roadway and into the tree line.
The THP said the crash injured one of Goodwin’s children, a 15-year-old passenger.
He is survived by his wife, three children, his parents, siblings, in-laws, nieces and nephews.