Staying safe on Tennessee roads is a critical concern for drivers. With population expanding in some areas, there can be a high number of cars on the road. This can result in dangerous situations, as occurred in a recent car accident case.
The crash occurred on New Year’s Day, at approximately 3:30 a.m. It took place in Murfreesboro, on N. Rutherford Boulevard near Prestwick Drive. Police were notified and went immediately to the scene to help victims of the crash and determine what had happened.
They found that a 2001 Chevrolet Impala had lost control and wrecked. According to a police sergeant, the car had struck a large utility pole when the driver lost control. A passenger in the rear seat, 22, was instantly killed when that happened. He was pronounced dead at the scene, and his family was notified. A second rear seat passenger, also 22, was flown to Vanderbilt Medical Center by helicopter. Details of his condition have not been released.
The woman who was driving the vehicle, 30, incurred only minor injuries. A blood sample was taken from her and sent to a Nashville lab to check for anything that could affect disposition of the case. According to police, the investigation is still ongoing. Criminal charges have not been filed yet, and police have not yet stated whether they expect them to be.
Even though the woman is not facing criminal charges yet, she still could be held responsible in civil court by the victims and their families. When negligence or recklessness is proven in civil court, compensation may be awarded for such claims as pain and suffering, medical expenses, wrongful death and other damages.
Source: WGNS Radio, “UPDATE on Fatal Accident in Murfreesboro New Year’s Day – Names Released and One Passenger Unaccounted For” No author given, Jan. 01, 2014