Man blames GPS for illegal U-turn, rollover crash - WKRN News 2

Man blames GPS for illegal U-turn, rollover crash

Posted: Updated: Aug 6, 2013 03:26 PM

A man blamed his GPS after making an illegal U-turn early Tuesday morning that caused a rollover crash in Nashville.

According to the police, Toby Leonard drove past the airport on Donelson Pike and tried to make a U-turn, causing a black Mercedes sedan to slam into his Ford pickup truck.

The Mercedes rolled over onto its roof.

The female driver was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center with a possible broken hand.

Leonard, 29, told police that he made the U-turn because his GPS told him to.

Leonard did not want to comment on the wreck when contacted by Nashville's News 2 Tuesday.

Both southbound lanes and one northbound lane on Donelson Pike were closed while crews worked the scene.

The road has since reopened.

Other drivers with GPS devices in their car were surprised Leonard blamed the wreck on his GPS.

"First of all, you have got to use common sense. Just because the GPS tells you to do something doesn't mean you should do it," driver Perry Brewer said. "You are responsible for that car. Just because the GPS says turn here, you really have to think about what you are doing first."

Other drivers said their GPS systems commonly give them confusing directions or take them the long way, so they don't completely trust the devices.

"We were recently trying to get to a restaurant in a part of Nashville and it took us in completely the wrong direction," Heather Hart said. "We ended up in a really bad part of town."

She continued, "It makes you question it a little bit if you are familiar with where you are going already and it tells you to go in a different direction."

James Owen said his GPS has told him to make U-turns in places where he could not.

"I think sometimes you have to be smarter than the GPS," he said. "The other thing it will do is tell you to take a route where you know it's going to take you through a bunch of red lights."

Metro police charged Leonard with making an illegal U-turn and having an incorrect address on his license.

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