Police Identify 3 Killed In Vietnam Veterans Parkway Crash
HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. – Police have identified the three people killed in a four-car collision on Vietnam Veterans Parkway in Sumner County on Thursday morning.
Hendersonville Police said 24-year-old Tyler Schultz, 23-year-old Rafael Coto, and 24-year-old Heahter L. Clinard, all from Hendersonville, were killed in the crash just before 2 a.m. in the eastbound lanes just past the Center Point Road exit.
None of those killed were wearing their seatbelt, and police said speed was a major factor in the crash.
One person was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in critical condition, while four others were treated and released at Hendersonville Medical Center. Their names were not released.
Sergeant Mike Germany with the Hendersonville Police Department said a Honda Pilot was driving eastbound when it was struck from behind by a Chevrolet Impala. The impact caused the driver of the Pilot to lose control and drive against the guard rail.
The driver was able to regain control after 300 to 400 feet. The Impala went into a spin and ended up facing the opposite direction.
A Nissan Altima then struck the Impala head-on. An SUV coming up on the scene couldn't avoid an impact and side-swiped the Altima.
All four vehicles came to a rest just before the bridge over Center Pass Road.
Sgt. Germany said speed was a factor in the crash. He said there was no alcohol present in the vehicles, but blood tests were conducted on the drivers to determine if it was a factor.
One person was killed in the Impala. Two people in the Altima were also killed.
Several emergency agencies were on called to the scene, including fatal crash investigators from the Hendersonville Police Department, Hendersonville Fire Department, Tennessee Highway Patrol and Tennessee Department of Transportation.
Sgt. Germany said crews had to work in very cold conditions. Several emergency responders had to get back into their vehicles to warm up their fingers and toes.
Eastbound lanes were completely blocked. Traffic was being diverted onto Gallatin Pike. Westbound traffic was slowed due to rubbernecking delays. The roadway was opened by 9 a.m.