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Driver suffers memory lapse

This Pontiac Grand Prix was rear-ended early Sunday morning.

Atmore police were still working Tuesday to unravel the circumstances surrounding a two-vehicle crash that occurred in the first hour of Sunday, April 23, and included an apparent lapse of memory on the part of one driver.

Police reports show that the collision occurred around 12:39 a.m., Sunday, at the intersection of South Main and Craig streets, when a Pontiac Grand Prix driven by 22-year-old Xavier Watkins of Frisco City was rear-ended by a Nissan STD that apparently was following too closely.

The Nissan’s driver, Nicholas Sims, 24, of Monroeville, reportedly left the scene but was located later.

According to reports, Sims at first told police he didn’t recall being involved in an accident. His story changed, however, when it was pointed out to him that pieces of glass littered the hood of his truck, which also had a bent front end that included traces of paint that matched the Grand Prix.

Police said the evidence jogged the Monroeville man’s memory, and he eventually agreed that he must have been involved in the crash.

Neither driver was able to provide proof of insurance coverage on his vehicle.

No charges have yet been filed as the investigation into the apparent hit-and-run continues.

News photo by Missie Tschida