Driver charged in bizarre Murfreesboro fender bender

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Murfreesboro Police have charged a man in a bizarre fender bender that was captured on camera.  

It happened Sunday evening on Northwest Broad Street and Medical Center Parkway. Justin Steidinger was driving his two sons to church youth group and were stopped at a light at the intersection

Right before the light turns green, the reverse lights flash on the car in front of Steidinger, as shown on his dash camera video. The driver of a 2004 red Infiniti sedan backs into Stedinger’s Chevrolet Silverado.

“I got out and there was no damage. I knew he backed into me so I just told him that accidents happen,” Steidinger told News 2. “It’s no big deal and my truck’s fine. He’s like, ‘what are you talking about man you hit me.’ That’s when I was like that’s not what happened.”

You can see in the video that Steidinger points to his vehicle’s dash camera.

“He’s like ‘I’m glad you got the dash cam because that will show I didn’t back up,'” said Steidinger. “He said right away ‘I know you’ve got to go places we can exchange information right now if you want and be done with it.’ I said no if we’re going to exchange information I would like to have a police report done.”

Both men get into their vehicles, drive to a side street and wait for Murfreesboro Police. 

The police report states that the driver of the Infiniti told the officer that he was rear-ended. The officer then watches the video and writes that the video contradicts the Infiniti driver’s statement.

Meanwhile, Steidinger paid just under $100 for the camera from Aukey.

“It’s come in handy,” said Steidinger.

Dash cameras are legal in Tennessee as long as they don’t obstruct the driver’s view. 

“They can be very helpful in situations like this where if one person is saying one thing happened and the driver is saying the exact opposite,” said attorney Steve Fifield with Rocky McElhaney Law Firm. “It would be he-said, he-said. The video definitely helps clarify actually occurred.”

The driver of the Infiniti didn’t want to comment when we called him. He was driving without insurance. Murfreesboro police say charges are pending and the investigation is ongoing.

Wednesday, police obtained warrants for Zedrick Laquence Howard. He was charged with filing a false police report, a felony, and driving on a suspended license. 

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