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SUV collision with semi-truck killed two teens, injured two

Posted on Monday, November 17th, 2014   

Two teenagers were killed while two others were seriously wounded when the SUV they rode in was struck by an oncoming semi-truck, WKRN-TV Nashville reported on November 3.

According to preliminary investigations made by the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the teenagers were headed northbound on Highway 109 when they tried to turn left at the flashing yellow light on the Old State Highway. The driver of the oncoming semi-truck, who was not injured, said it was too sudden for him to stop, and their vehicles collided.

Passengers 16-year-old Austin Osborne and 16-year-old Kayla Perdue were killed instantly upon contact. The 16-year-old driver, Justin Lemmonds Jr., and passenger 17-year-old Caitlyn Taylor were both taken to the Vanderbilt University Medical Center for treatment of their injuries.

Police authorities concurred with the driver of the semi-truck that the accident appeared to be unavoidable.

All four students were part of the Portland High School bowling team, and the school is currently grieving the deceased.

Metro officer died in I-65 vehicular accident

Posted on Monday, May 12th, 2014   

Twenty-five-year-old Metro Police Officer Michael Petrina was killed when a motor home hit him as he was trying to attend to a minor accident along Interstate 65 on May 10, The Tennessean reported.

A recent police academy graduate, Petrina was redirecting traffic after a pickup truck flipped over as it entered the highway from Old Hickory Boulevard. 71-year-old Dean Joseph Diver’s motor home came around a curve near exit 74. When he saw the stoppage, Diver tried to maneuver between Petrina’s squad car and a Tennessee Department of Transportation truck and accidentally struck the young officer.

Metro Police spokesman Don Aaron said the District Attorney General’s Office will look into the case as soon as the investigation of the incident is complete, but as of yet no charges have been filed.

The lawyers at Pohl & Berk LLP send their deepest condolences to the friends and family who are suffering from this great loss.

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