Metro police expect to charge a convicted felon with vehicular homicide after they say his vehicle, following a brief police chase, struck another vehicle head on, killing Clarence Frank Jr.
The incident occurred Monday night after witnesses told police Frederick Edwards, 41, stumbled into a Pizza Hut at 3719 Clarksville Pike and then into a convenience store before getting back into his 1999 GMC Yukon.
When Officer Rodney Clark arrived on the scene just before 8 p.m. and knocked on Edwards’ window, the man quickly started the car and drove across an embankment onto Ashland City Highway. Moments later, while apparently trying to pass slower traffic, Edwards crossed the double yellow line and crashed head on into Frank’s Pontiac Bonneville.
Frank, 49, of Panorama Drive, died at the scene. Edwards was not wearing his seat belt and was ejected from the Yukon. He was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center and will be booked upon his release from the hospital, according to police. He also faces a charge of driving on a revoked license.
Police said, Edwards had no identification on him at the time of the collision and was identified through his fingerprints. Among the evidence of alcohol at the scene was an empty 24 ounce bottle of beer.
Edwards has prior convictions for attempted murder in Nashville and multiple thefts in Davidson and Rutherford counties.