Suspected Hit and Run driver Kelley Jones, 38, is charged with multiple offenses for her alleged involvement in Saturday’s 3:40 a.m. three vehicle collision on I-24 East near Haywood Lane that claimed the life of the driver of a Volkswagen Jetta who has not yet been positively identified.
The preliminary investigation shows that the driver of an eastbound 2007 Volkswagen Jetta struck the rear of an unknown vehicle (possibly a tractor/trailer or vehicle of similar size) on I-24 resulting in Jones, the suspected driver of a 2007 Pontiac Grand Prix, to then strike the rear of the Jetta. All three vehicles were traveling eastbound on I-24.
The Pontiac was unoccupied when police arrived on the scene. Jones is the registered owner. When she sought medical treatment at a hospital in Rutherford County, police were notified. During an interview Saturday afternoon, Jones denied that she was driving the Pontiac. Her injuries are consistent with being in a high speed vehicle crash. A blood sample was drawn from Jones. She is charged with leaving the scene of a fatal crash, failure to render aid, failure to provide notice, and driving on a revoked license. Jones, of Murfreesboro, is free on $15,800 bond.
The driver of the Jetta was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he died. He has been tentatively identified as a Murfreesboro, Tennessee man. Efforts continue to positively identify him and contact his next-of- kin.
Anyone with information about his identity or the driver of the unknown vehicle is urged to contact the Emergency Communications Center at 615-862-8600, Hit & Run investigators at 615-862-7713 or Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME.