A 17-year-old Smyrna boy died of injuries suffered in a one-vehicle crash about 11 p.m. Saturday on Old Jefferson Pike in Smyrna, the police spokesman said.
Names of the boy who died and the 16-year-old Smyrna driver are not being released, said Smyrna Police Sgt. Bobby Gibson.
“We do believe that the driver may have been intoxicated and speed was a factor,” Gibson said.
The 16-year-old was driving a 2005 Lincoln LHS on Old Jefferson Pike toward Jefferson Pike when he lost control and traveled off the road, Gibson said. The car hit a berm and traveled airborne 20 to 25 feet, struck a tree and struck a utility pole. The vehicle rested upside down.
Smyrna Fire Department firefighters extricated the driver and passenger before they were transported to StoneCrest Medical Center where the 17-year-old died. The 16-year-old driver suffered serious injuries.
The crash remains under investigation.
He is the 16th traffic fatality this year in Rutherford County.