ANTIOCH, Tenn. (WKRN) – One man faces multiple charges including vehicular homicide after one person was killed in a crash in Antioch early Tuesday morning.
The crash happened just after 1 a.m. on Old Hickory Boulevard near Cane Ridge High School.
According to Metro police, 44-year-old Lamario Hunt of Murfreesboro was heading home towards I-24 after leaving Starwood Pizza Restaurant. Officials say he was driving at a high rate of speed in a Cadillac Escalade passing vehicles on the right shoulder when he went off the roadway.
He attempted to overcorrect his vehicle and struck a car in the opposite lane of traffic head-on.
Hunt struck a Chevrolet Trax forcing it off the roadway.
The driver of the Trax was transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. While the passenger of the Trax, 63-year-old Jeffrey Tenzera of Mt. Juliet, was pronounced dead at the hospital. Both occupants of the Trax were wearing seatbelts.
Police say immediately after the crash, Hunt was picked up on scene by a white Dodge Charger and driven back to his home in Murfreesboro. Hunt’s wife later drove him to Vanderbilt University Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.
According to officers, Hunt showed signs of impairment at the hospital and a search warrant for a blood sample was issued. An affidavit stated that he had red, blood-shot eyes and a strong odor of marijuana could be smelled coming from Hunt’s vehicle. Police also said there was a green leafy substance, consistent with marijuana, found spilling out of his rear window.
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Hunt has been charged following his release from the hospital with vehicular homicide by intoxication, vehicular assault, leaving the scene of a crash involving death, leaving the scene of a crash involving injury, failure to render aid, and failure to make immediate notice of the accident.
Additional drug charges are pending.