Passenger dies in crash, driver charged with vehicular homicide - WKRN News 2

Passenger dies in crash, driver charged with vehicular homicide

Posted: Updated: Aug 28, 2013 11:08 AM CDT
Caleb Thomas, 25, was charged with vehicular homicide by intoxication following Tuesday night's crash. Caleb Thomas, 25, was charged with vehicular homicide by intoxication following Tuesday night's crash.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

A man has been charged with vehicular homicide by intoxication following a fatal crash Tuesday night that claimed the life of his passenger.

According to police, just before 9 p.m., Caleb Thomas, 25, lost control of the car he was driving in the 3000 block of Elm Hill Pike, ran off the road and struck a telephone pole.

His female passenger, 42-year-old Suzanne Moran, was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where she died.

According to police, Thomas was driving Moran's Chrysler Sebring and driving on a revoked license.

Thomas showed indicators of impairment while performing field sobriety tasks and smelled of alcohol.

Police said he admitted to having three shots of liquor prior to the crash.

News 2 spoke with a relative of Moran. He confirmed the pair lived together at the victim's Donelson home.

"It's really a sad situation," a neighbor said. "We are really sorry about the accident. We know them and we are just sorry for the family that this happened."

In addition to vehicular homicide, Thomas is charged with second offense of driving on a revoked license. He is scheduled to appear in court next month after he received a citation in June for driving on a revoked license.

He is being held in the Metro jail on a $210,000 bond.

The impact of the collision split the telephone pole in half. Elm Hill Pike was closed for more than nine hours while Nashville Electric Service crews fixed the pole.

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