Ebony Scales on the left and right. Father Jonathan Meza and son Robert in the center.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -
A father and his 11-month-old son were killed in a single-vehicle car accident Sunday afternoon.
The accident occurred around 3 p.m. in the 5900 block of Pettus Road in Antioch.
According to officials, 24-year-old Ebony Scales lost control of the 2007 Ford Fusion she was driving while turning around a sharp curve.
The vehicle crossed the middle of the road before leaving the roadway and striking a tree.
Scales was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where she was listed in critical but stable condition.
Her passenger, 26-year-old Jonathan Meza, was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead on the scene.
The couple's 11-month-old son, Robert Meza, was critically injured in the crash.
He was taken to Vanderbilt University Children's Hospital where he died shortly after arriving.
According to police, neither adult was wearing a seatbelt at the time of accident. Robert Meza, however, properly restrained in the back seat.
Authorities told Nashville's News 2 that speed may have been a factor in the crash.
"Nobody wants to see children, or anyone else for that matter, involved in a crash, especially when it's possibly attributed to speed or something else like that," said Lt. Michael Gilliland, adding. "It's needless."
Residents of Pettus Road, which is largely comprised of sharp turns and steep hills, say it's not unusual to see people speeding.
"It's not very uncommon for people to be speeding through here," neighbor Christie Mercer said. "I see cars flying through here all the time."
Authorities do not believe alcohol or other substances were involved in the accident.