UPDATE (10/25/23): The Metro Nashville Police Department announced on Wednesday, Oct. 25 that Jason Dale Treat, 35, has been released from the hospital and officially charged with vehicular homicide by intoxication in connection with last weekend’s crash.
HERMITAGE, Tenn. (WKRN) — A man is facing multiple charges — including vehicular homicide by intoxication — after an overnight crash at an intersection in the Hermitage area left one person dead and another injured, police said.
The two-vehicle collision was reported just before 1 a.m. at the intersection of Jackson Downs Boulevard and Lebanon Pike on Saturday, Oct. 21.
According to the Metro Nashville Police Department’s preliminary investigation, 35-year-old Jason Dale Treat was driving his 2017 Mazda 3 sedan west on Lebanon Pike, tried to turn left onto Jackson Downs Boulevard, and was hit in the passenger side by an eastbound Honda Pilot.
Authorities said the lights were flashing yellow for eastbound and westbound traffic on Lebanon Pike, but Treat didn’t yield to the Honda SUV.
Treat and the driver of the Honda ended up with non-life-threatening injuries, but Treat’s front seat passenger — identified by officials as 35-year-old Vanessa Schmidt of Nashville — died at the scene.
According to police, the officers who responded to the crash not only reported that Treat “smelled strongly of alcohol,” but they also found an open beer bottle on the Mazda driver’s floorboard. In addition, a loaded gun was recovered from the vehicle.
When Treat is released from the hospital, authorities said he will be charged with vehicular homicide by intoxication, vehicular assault, and possession of a firearm while intoxicated.
Treat reportedly has two prior convictions for driving under the influence.
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