2 killed in Madison crash, Driver charged with DUI - WKRN News 2

2 killed in Madison crash, Driver charged with DUI

Posted: Updated: Oct 6, 2010 3:46 PM CDT
Kevin McManamon, 26, and his girlfriend, Jessica Howard, 21, were killed in the crash. Kevin McManamon, 26, and his girlfriend, Jessica Howard, 21, were killed in the crash.
Dustin Coker, 21, was arrested and charged with DUI. Dustin Coker, 21, was arrested and charged with DUI.
The pickup truck t-boned the car on North Gallatin Pike at about 1 a.m. Wednesday. The pickup truck t-boned the car on North Gallatin Pike at about 1 a.m. Wednesday.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A young couple was killed in a two-vehicle collision early Wednesday morning in the Madison area and the driver believed to be responsible has been charged with DUI.

The crash happened at about 1 a.m. at the intersection of Alta Loma Road and North Gallatin Pike, just south of the Rivergate Mall.

Metro police told News 2 a pickup truck was traveling south on North Gallatin Pike when it t-boned a car turning left onto the road from Alta Loma Road.

There were two people in each vehicle.

The driver of the car, Kevin McManamon, 26, of Hendersonville, and his girlfriend, Jessica Howard, 21, of Springfield, were pronounced dead at the scene.

"I really don't know what to say to that," a woman who witnessed the accident told News 2.  "It's just they're gone now…I feel for the parents who don't even know where their kids [are].  They think they're on their way home and they're not coming through that door tonight."

The driver of the truck, Dustin Coker, 21, of Goodlettsville, and his passenger, David Lee Cherry, 20, of Nashville, received minor injuries.

Coker was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Authorities kept Cherry at the scene to be interviewed.

Police told News 2 both speed and alcohol played a role in the accident and Coker, 21, has been charged with driving under the influence.

According to an affidavit obtained by News 2, Coker had a strong odor of alcohol, his speech was slurred and he told police he had been drinking.

Witnesses also reported seeing Corker and Cherry attempt to dispose of beer cans after the crash.

Howard was Frankie Milburn's cousin.

"Truthfully [It's] sad," Milburn told News 2.  "That's what drinking and driving will get you.  He should get life he took a life she didn't deserve this she was a wonderful person."

"I've been crying all morning," said Patty Joe, also a cousin of Howard's.  "It's what drinking and driving gets you hopefully he gets locked up because drinking and driving, you [aren't] supposed to."

Coker was booked into the Metro jail on a $5,000 bond.

The contributing factor in the crash remains under investigation.

Metro police said it is possible that McManamon failed to yield to oncoming traffic.

The intersection signal lights were flashing yellow for traffic on North Gallatin Pike and flashing red for traffic coming off of Alta Loma Road.  It has not been determined whether McManamon stopped for the flashing red signal.

Police said if the investigation reveals that Coker's actions were the cause of the crash, additional charges will be placed against him.

As a matter of routine, the medical examiner's office will test McManamon's blood for alcohol and drug content.

The intersection was shut down for about six hours while the accident was cleaned up.  The road reopened around 7 a.m.

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