Second death due to Maryville College crash  

By: Katie Allison Granju, Producer WBIR

Last updated: 11/22/2007 6:43:57 PM

The second of three men involved in a crash on the Maryville College campus Monday night has died.

Trey Lefler, 25, lingered in critical condition at UT Medical Center for three days before succumbing to his injuries.

Maryville College Assistant Coach Cody Bowers died at the scene of the crash. Bowers was a 2005 graduate of the school and had helped coach the football team for two years.

Twenty-four-year-old Matt Lambert has improved and is now listed in good, stable condition at UT Medical Center.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation, but police have said excessive speed appears to have been a factor.

The accident report filed by Maryville Police also notes the presence of alcohol at the scene of the crash.

MC accident victim Lefler dies

By Iva Butler
of The Daily Times Staff

On Thanksgiving Day, a second person involved in a traffic accident late Monday night on the Maryville College campus died.

Jack Heatherly “Trey” Lefler III, 25, Matlock Bend Road, East in Loudon, died at University of Tennessee Medical Center Thursday afternoon.

Lefler was a long-time friend of the other person that died in the wreck, Shawn Jeremiah Cody Bowers, 25, Oak Grove Road, Madisonville, who was killed immediately when the Toyota Tundra pickup truck he was driving struck two large, old trees in the College Woods.

The body of Lefler, who was an organ donor, will be taken to McGill Funeral Home in Loudon.

Lefler had worked for U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander for several years. He had been serving most recently as Sen. Alexander’s state field epresentative for Alexander’s 2008 election campaign.

Alexander said late Thursday, “Trey Lefler lived a good and cheerful life, but it was far too short. We will miss him terribly. Our heart goes out to the Lefler family, as well as the Bowers and Lambert families.”

Matt Lambert, 24, Montvale Road, Maryville, was also injured in the wreck. His condition has been upgraded to stable at University of Tennessee Medical Center.

Originally published: November 22. 2007 7:15PM