Police investigating two fatal weekend wrecks

Monday, August 23, 2010 at 2:56am
Staff reports

Two people died in car crashes Sunday that authorities suspect were related to alcohol.

The first wreck involved a pedestrian who was killed on Old Hickory Boulevard early Sunday morning.

David McCormick, 48, was driving his 1994 Ford pickup truck westbound on Old Hickory Boulevard at Eagan Circle when he struck Teddy Miles, 46, at 1:45 a.m., police said.

Miles, of Bixler Avenue, died at the scene.

McCormick, of Old Hickory Boulevard, told investigators Miles stepped out in front of the vehicle. He also said they had been drinking together earlier in the evening.

McCormick, who has a previous DUI conviction from 2008, smelled strongly of alcohol and was unsteady on his feet, police said. He refused to submit to field sobriety tasks, but because of the fatality was required to submit to a blood alcohol test.

In another crash an hour-and-a-half later, Donald Baker, 48, of Chapmansboro died when he crashed his 2004 Jeep Cherokee on Clarksville Pike. Police said alcohol was likely to blame.

Baker was driving a 2004 Jeep Cherokee northbound in the 6500 block of Clarksville Pike at 3:20 a.m. when the SUV left the roadway and struck a trailer parked in a lot outside a business.

Baker, the only occupant in the Jeep Cherokee, suffered extensive head injuries. He was not wearing a seatbelt. Baker, who smelled strongly of alcohol, died at the scene.

Toxicology tests are pending for both drivers.

1 Comment on this post:

By: DREIFMA on 8/23/10 at 8:34

All three were in various levels of intoxication. There should be no more manpower used on this investigation. They were all responsible for their deaths. The survivor should forfeit half of his assets to the children or widow of the woman if any of the intoxicated person he killed. If not, he pays for the funeral and its over other than losing his license forever.