Former Smoky Mountain football coach Lionel Brooks and his wife are recuperating after a fatal automobile accident which occurred over the weekend on Cowee Mountain.
A car driven by Kevin Kent Spurely, 57, of Conley, Ga hydro-planed and hit them head-on. Spurely was pronounced dead at the scene.
Law enforcement said some factors to the wreck include Spurely exceeding a safe speed limit for the conditions. At the time of the accident there was heavy rain and standing water on the road. Investigators said Spurely had unsafe tires on the rear of his vehicle.
Lionel, 74, and Linda, 66, are the parents of Franklin football coach Josh Brooks and Panthers athletic director Jay Brooks.
Lionel and Linda Brooks are both currently receiving treatment at Mission Hospital in Asheville.
Lionel Brooks was Smoky Mountain’s coach from 1990 and 1996. He was a defensive coordinator under former coach Boyce Deitz.