Police ID victims, suspect in fatal I-24 crash

Monday, October 26, 2009 at 2:01am
Staff reports
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Kevin Fleet

Metro Police have identified the victims of a crash Sunday night on Interstate 24 that claimed the life of a Smyrna woman and injured three members of her family and another passenger.

Kevin Fleet, 41, of Mandarin Court in Smyrna, faces one count of vehicular homicide and four counts of vehicular assault stemming from a crash Sunday night on Interstate 24 east at Old Hickory Boulevard near the Rutherford County line.

Police say Fleet was traveling east on I-24 in a Ford F-150 when he slammed into the rear of a Chevrolet Tracker at 8:10 p.m.

The impact knocked the Chevrolet off the road where it flipped and landed on its roof. An adult passenger and a 4-year-old were thrown from the small SUV, police said.

Malindy Raymer, 45, of Arnold Drive in Smyrna, was one of the passengers who was ejected. She was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where she died Monday morning.

Police identified the four other persons in the Tracker who were also transported to Vanderbilt as:

Terry Raymer (driver), age 24, of Arnold Drive in Smyrna;

Ontiveros Maurico (front seat passenger), age 23, of Stroop Lane in Smyrna;

Steven Raymer (rear seat passenger & Terry Raymer’s son), age 4;

Brandy Raymer, 25 (rear seat passenger), also of Arnold Drive in Smyrna.

Initial reports stated one of the victims was pregnant, but police did not indicate which person or whether that information was correct.

Police said Fleet received minor injuries. He smelled of alcohol and appeared to be intoxicated.

A blood sample was obtained at a hospital for alcohol and drug analysis by the TBI Crime Laboratory.

Fleet’s bond is set at $75,000.

10 Comments on this post:

By: notaclerk1 on 10/26/09 at 12:41

Just one more lowlife doing what he wants to do with no reguard for anyone.

J.P.L.

By: TITAN1 on 10/27/09 at 9:13

Agreed.

By: rickgibson5 on 10/27/09 at 10:10

Well, stick around, we'll probably see him, or his ilk, doing it again . . . and again . . . and again. There's nothing to stop DUI's from getting behind the wheel whenever they feel like it.

How about get arrested for a DUI, blow over .08 (either at the scene or at the police station) and the vehicle you're driving is forfeited permanently.

By: Magnum on 10/27/09 at 11:31

Rick, it wouldn't matter if your care got forfeited permanently. DUI's would still occur. The biggest reason not to drive drunk doesn't keep people from getting behind the wheel...that being that they could die. I don't know what else would work if that won't. The problem with DUI deterrents is not that they don't have impact. They are plenty scary when one is sober. The problem is that none of them work when one is drunk.

Not to be presumptuous here, but this article highlights another major issue I see at least once a week on the road. The fact that a 4 year old was ejected from the car probably means that he or she was not properly restrained. I want to call the cops every time I see an idiot with a couple of toddlers in their car without proper restraint. Often they don't even have a seat belt on...let alone a child seat. This may not be the case in this instance, but it sure smells like it.

By: Magnum on 10/27/09 at 11:39

By the way, I didn't intend to sound as though I was giving the driver a pass in my previous post. I'm not.

By: krighuts on 10/27/09 at 9:41

What were 5 people doing in a Geo Tracker?

By: bah on 10/28/09 at 10:35

I know Kevin and he is not a drunk. He is a hard working man and a good father. He made a mistake , a big mistake by driving and drinking. One of the comments says that he will get out and do it again. He is so wrong. For one thing you people don't know the circumstances, there was more to it than him out joy riding and drinking. My heart and prayers go out for the family of the deceased and my heart and prayers also go out for Kevin , his kids and wife and all ot the rest of us that are heart stricken over this disaster. Kevin is not a low life. He is not a drunk . He just made a terrible mistake by driving . He wasn't drunk, he had been drinking but he was not staggering drunk. The news needs to tell the truth.
He is sitting in jail with broken ribs and other injuries and they haven't even treated him. He is suffering also/
5 people in a Geo and not buckel up ! It could have been a whole different picture if everyone had followed the law.
I am praying and praying hard for Kevin and the others involved in this disaster.

By: broca.baby2008 on 2/12/10 at 5:34

First of all everyone was buckled up for a known fact and i dont care how hurt he is he took the most important thing in there lives and who cares if u know him he is a drunk and this is not his first incident of dui so dont try and stick up for him and yes 5 people were in it and they all had restraints. and i know very good friend of his and knows all about him so dont stick up for him cause he is going under the jail!!!!!! so i really dont care what any of you all say i know what happened and how it happened and the family in the tracker was following the law so u need to be in ur own business not in theres!! happily n love

By: bah on 3/25/10 at 5:52

My prayers goes out to Kevin as he faces this terrible situation. He has turned his life around 100% completely. May God be with him through all of this and I am totally sure he will never drink and drive again. A lesson learned the hard way. I am praying ,hard ,that God gives Kevin and his children and wife the strength to see this through. God bless him for he has already suffered enough.

By: bell on 8/6/13 at 10:53

Sorry but he did not go under the jail!!! I'm sure that was what you were hoping for but he is out and doing awesome!!! He has totally changed his life around! People make mistakes and the mistake he made was awful he should of never got behind the wheel and I'm sure that will be with him for the rest of his life. Prayers for the family of the deceased. Also prayers for Kevin's family. God forgives and he will forgive all of you for your negative comments.