Investigators from the Lebanon Police Department believe Vanatta was traveling east on Woodside Drive, in a 2008 Audi TT2, attempting to cross Winwood Drive, when he pulled into the path of a 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier.
The Cavalier, occupied by two Lebanon High student-athletes, was traveling south on Winwood Drive. The occupants of the Cavalier were transported by Wilson Emergency Management to Vanderbilt Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
According to reports from the LPD, there were no signs of alcohol and/or drugs at time of the crash and seatbelts were utilized by all occupants.
At this time, LPD believe that speed and failure to yield are contributing factors of the crash.
The investigation continues and is lead by Traffic Reconstructionists Steve Green, who is a member of the Departments Crash Reconstruction Team.
Vanatta, 58, was a longtime assistantwiththe basketball Devilettes under TSSAA Hall of Famer Campbell Brandon and was a highly successful coach of the LHS golf team -- sending several athletes on to college with scholarships.
He attended Lebanon's Cumberland Junior College where he played basketball and baseball. He completed his education at Middle Tennessee State University and earned a Masters Degree from Nashville's Trevecca Nazarene University.
A member of West Haven Baptist Church, he was a former member of the Wilson County Commission.
Vanatta is survived by daughter Asia, who lives out of state, brother Ryan (Teresa) Vanatta of Watertown as well as several nieces and nephews along with a host of friends and former teammates.
Lebanon's Partlow Funeral Chapel will be in charge of arrangements.