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2 killed in Antioch crash; Teen driver charged with vehicular homicide

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Two people died in a crash Tuesday morning in Antioch, and a 16-year-old has since been charged.

The 7 a.m. accident on Murfreesboro Pike shut down the road for hours not far from the Hobson Pike intersection.

According to Metro police, it happened as the 16-year-old was driving down Murfreesboro toward Hobson at a high rate speed. He was heading to Antioch High School with one female riding in his car.

Authorities said an SUV then pulled out of an apartment complex to turn into traffic, causing the 16-year-old to veer to the left.

The Nissan then drove into oncoming traffic after lightly hitting the SUV, causing it to hit two other cars.PHOTOS: Fatal crash in Antioch

Both the 16-year-old driver and his passenger became trapped inside the Nissan as it caught on fire.

Passersby were able to rescue the driver, but the passenger died in the flames. Police said she was burned beyond recognition but she is presumed to be a 16-year-old Antioch High School student. DNA analysis will be necessary to confirm her identity.

Metro police also said the driver of a Toyota Corolla, now identified as 44-year-old Miguel Lopez Rodriguez, was killed in the crash. His wife was also hurt and was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.

After the crash, officials said the 16-year-old was interviewed at Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he is receiving treatment for his injuries.

It was later announced he was charged with two counts of vehicular homicide. None of the victims have been identified at this time.

News 2 reached out to Metro Schools who released the following statement:

One of the individuals involved in the deadly accident on Murfreesboro Pike this morning is an Antioch High School student. He was severely injured and transported to an area hospital for treatment. At this time we cannot confirm whether other MNPS students were involved. Metro Schools is maintaining communication with MNPD. We will share more information as it becomes available.

Metro Schools crisis response teams were at Antioch High School this morning to speak with students and staff who may need support and will be on site as long as needed.

“I have been knowing him since elementary school and we was just like face timing him a couple days ago and we just found out he crashed and it was crazy,” said Lorena Villalobos a classmate.

“They speed. And they actually race on Murfreesboro road. So I take my kids over here, I don’t take this one. They speed all the way like crazy,” said Amina Oday, a concerned parent.

Further details have not been released at this time.