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Teenager Dies in Nashville Police Pursuit

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According to WBIR-TV, one teenager died in a Nashville car accident after he was accused of stealing a vehicle, along with two other people, on December 24.

WBIR reported that Kristopher Howard, 16, of Clifton Avenue, was partially ejected from a stolen vehicle following a police chase. The station reported that Howard, Derrick Thomas, 16, and Carmilla Ellison, 36, robbed a person at gunpoint attending a Christmas party of her purse and car keys.

They then took her 2011 Toyota Corolla, which began a police pursuit. About two minutes after police began to chase the suspects, the driver, Thomas, crashed the vehicle into a parked pickup and into the side of a house near the 1800 block of Jefferson Street.

Howard died in the crash. Thomas was treated for injuries at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and was released. He faces charges of vehicular homicide, vehicular assault, evading police, driving without a license, curfew violation and auto theft.

Ellison was also treated for injuries at Vanderbilt. She will be booked into jail upon her release from the hospital on charges of auto theft and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.


While it is sad that a young man who may have been committing a crime was killed in this accident, we are thankful that nobody else involved in this crime, or another driver or pedestrian, were killed. Aside from death, car accidents can lead to catastrophic injuries like spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries and broken bones.

If you have been injured in a car accident or have lost a loved one due to another driver’s negligence, call us today at (615) 866-3938. We have obtained multi-million settlements and verdicts for victims of car accidents.

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