The fiery, fatal car accident occurred on Murfreesboro Pike near Mountain Springs Drive at around 7 a.m. local time. A 16-year-old boy with a female passenger was driving at high speeds when it swerved into oncoming traffic to avoid an SUV that pulled into his lane.
Officials say the teenage driver struck the SUV before driving into the opposing lanes and hitting two oncoming cars head-on. News 5 reports that the driver of one of the cars, 44-year-old Miguel A. Lopez Rodriguez, died at the scene. His wife sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
The boy’s car continued off the road following the collision before bursting into flames, reports News 5. A good Samaritan was able to remove the driver from the car but not the female passenger. She would be pronounced dead at the scene.
Both teens are presumed to be students at Antioch High School, where they were heading before the crash occurred. According to News 5, the boy is facing two counts of vehicular homicide.
The following information is provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):