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Wrong-Way Collision Tragically Kills One in Antioch


March 11, 2020

NASHVILLE, TN- Newschannel5.com writes that a driver died in a wrong-way collision that occurred in Antioch. Police are reporting that the victim was in a stolen car and was suspected of a carjacking. The incident took place on Murfreesboro Pike close to the border with Rutherford County in the later evening. Two people carjacked a man who was pulling in his driveway. The suspects used firearms to threaten the owner of a Dodge Charger and then drove away in the stolen car.*

Police later identified the vehicle and began to chase the car. As the officers pursued the Charger, the driver took the vehicle across the center line on Murfreesboro Pike and collided head-on with a Honda. The crash caused the Dodge to roll over and ignite. The fire then caused the ammunition in the vehicle to explode. Officers rescued one of the suspects from the car, but the other died.

Two people who were in the Honda suffered injuries in the collision. Police have not yet identified the deceased suspect. 

Police chases often cause fatal crashes. In some instances, officers will decide not to pursue a driver because of the risks presented by engaging in such a chase. If the streets are busy, or the suspect is spotted in a congested urban environment, officers may decide not to follow a person. Part of the analysis will depend on the suspect as well. Police have been criticized for chasing suspects who were only involved in minor, non-violent crimes. Some departments will find a chase proper if the suspects are violent and present a danger to the public. While the suspects are the individuals most likely to die in these instances, passengers in the car and bystanders are the next more likely victims. 

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Sources:https://www.newschannel5.com/news/carjacking-suspect-killed-in-fiery-wrong-way-crash-in-antioch and https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2015/07/30/police-pursuits-fatal-injuries/30187827/

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