UPDATE: Head on Crash at the Murfreesboro / Smyrna line on Monday Morning Kills One, Alcohol may be to Blame

UPDATE: Head on Crash at the  Murfreesboro / Smyrna line on Monday Morning Kills One, Alcohol may be to Blame | crash, accident, Amanda Way, Murfreesboro accident, Murfreesboro crash, Murfreesboro news, WGNS, Old Nashville Highway, Roland King, Tarpley

We have confirmed further details of a head on crash that occurred Monday, just before the lunch hour at the Smyrna / Murfreesboro line. The wreck occurred Monday morning on the Old Nashville Highway near the intersection of Amanda Way and left the driver of the car that is believed to have caused the wreck dead. It also appears as if State Troopers believe that alcohol was involved in the wreck. 

53-Year old Roland B. King was killed when he attempted to pass another car striking an SUV head on. The SUV was driven by 18-year old Maria Tarpley from Smyrna who was transported to the hospital after the wreck with serious injuries. The Tennessee Highway Patrol report that WGNS obtained Monday evening shows that it is believed that Roland, the driver of the car that struck the teen, was drinking alcohol prior to the wreck. Although he was killed, blood test are still being conducted.

Reports indicate that five other people in the SUV being driven by Tarpley were also injured in the wreck (information outlining details from the T-H-P report are below). They were all wearing their safety belts, but were still injured.

Source Details:

****** TENNESSEE MOTOR VEHICLE FATALITY REPORT TELETYPE ******

LOCAL AGENCY COMPLAINT NUMBER:314007817

 

COUNTY:  RUTHERFORD     CITY: SMYRNA

HIGHWAY: OLD NASHVILLE HWY   POSTED SPEED: 40

AT INTERSECTION WITH: AMANDA WAY

 

INVESTIGATING AGENCY: TENNESSEE HIGHWAY PATROL NASHVILLE

INVESTIGATED BY:      TROOPER VANN

 

VEHICLE INFORMATION:

VEHICLE # 01

YEAR: 2000   MAKE: TOYOTA   MODEL: CELICA   BODY TYPE: 3D

 

DRIVER # 01         

INJURY TYPE: KILLED

NAME: KING,ROLAND B

SEX: M   RACE: W   AGE: 53

ADDRESS: 

CITY: MURFREESBORO   STATE: TN

DRIVERS LICENSE #: STATE: TN

DRINKING? YES   

TEST REQUESTED? YES

DRUGS? NO   

TEST REQUESTED? YES

SAFETY BELT IN USE? YES

 

VEHICLE INFORMATION:

VEHICLE # 02

YEAR: 2003   MAKE: CHEVORLET   MODEL: TRAILBLAZER   BODY TYPE: SUV

 

DRIVER # 02         

INJURY TYPE: INJURED

NAME: TARPLEY,MARIA D

SEX: F   RACE: W   AGE: 18

CITY: SMYRNA   STATE: TN

DRINKING? NO   

SAFETY BELT IN USE? YES

 

PASSENGER INFORMATION:

PASSENGER # 01     IN VEHICLE #02   - Injured

NAME: TAYLOR,MONTOYA Y

SEX: F   RACE: B   AGE: 39

CITY: MURFREESBORO   STATE: TN

DRINKING? NO   

SAFETY BELT IN USE? YES

 

PASSENGER INFORMATION:

PASSENGER # 02     IN VEHICLE #02     INJURY TYPE: INJURED

NAME: DEBENEDETTO,DEBORAH J

SEX: F   RACE: W   AGE: 64

CITY: SMYRNA   STATE: TN

DRINKING? NO   

SAFETY BELT IN USE? YES

OFFICER'S OPINION:

WOULD SAFETY RESTRAINTS HAVE MADE A DIFFERENCE? NO

 

CITATIONS ISSUED? NO

CRIMINAL CHARGES? NO

 

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF CRASH:

VEHICLE 1 WAS TRAVELING ON OLD

NASHVILLE HWY TOWARDS MURFREESBORO

WHEN DRIVER ATTEMPTED TO PASS ANOTHER

VEHICLE STRIKING VEHICLE 2 HEAD ON

CAUSING VEHICLE 2 TO ROLLOVER. ADDITIONAL

REPORT TO FOLLOW WITH THE ADDITIONAL

AUTHORITY: TENNESSEE HIGHWAY PATROL NASHVILLEOPERATOR:  PATTERSON    02-17-2014    17:20

 ****** TENNESSEE MOTOR VEHICLE FATALITY REPORT TELETYPE ******              

LOCAL AGENCY COMPLAINT NUMBER: 314007817

PASSENGER INFORMATION:PASSENGER # 03     IN VEHICLE #02     INJURY TYPE: INJURED

NAME: GRIGGS,RUTH A

SEX: F   RACE: W   AGE: 71

ADDRESS: CITY: MURFREESBORO  

PASSENGER INFORMATION:

PASSENGER # 04     IN VEHICLE #02     INJURY TYPE: INJURED

NAME: JOHNSON,GLORIA R

SEX: F   RACE: B   AGE: 66

CITY: SMYRNA   

PASSENGER # 05     IN VEHICLE #02     INJURY TYPE: INJURED

NAME: OSTERHELD,DEBRA M

SEX: F   RACE: W   AGE: 63

CITY: MURFREESBORO   

 

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