NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — Authorities are continuing to investigate after a crash outside the police precinct in East Nashville claimed the lives of two men and left an off-duty officer injured.
The Metro Nashville Police Department said the deadly crash happened at approximately 4:15 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 12 outside the East Precinct on Trinity Lane.
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According to officials, the crash involved two vehicles — a Ford Mustang with two males inside, and a 2021 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck driven by an off-duty officer leaving the precinct.
During the preliminary investigation, the officer reported seeing the Mustang traveling eastbound as he was leaving the precinct, but he said he did not realize how fast it was going.
Authorities said the officer pulled out of the parking lot and struck the Mustang on the passenger side. The Mustang then collided into a utility pole and broke in half.
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Investigators said surveillance video showed the Mustang traveling at a high rate of speed before the crash occurred.
On Monday, Nov. 13, police announced a module from the Mustang showed that in the five seconds prior to the crash, it accelerated for three second from 82 mph to 113 mph, before braking for two seconds at 81 mph at the crash. The street where the crash happened has a speed limit of 35 mph.
The driver of the Mustang, identified as 29-year-old Joel Skelton, died at the scene, according to authorities. His passenger, identified by officials as 22-year-old Patrick McGee, was taken to TriStar Skyline Medical Center, where he died.
Meanwhile, the off-duty officer sustained non-critical injuries in the crash. The MNPD said an investigation into the deadly crash remains ongoing.
The crash investigation will reportedly be forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office for review upon its completion.
No additional details were released.
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