Murfreesboro driver dies

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Sgt. Shawn Murphy and Detecdtive Ed Gorham take measurements June 27, 2007, after a traffic fatality in Murfreesboro, Tenn. (TMP Photo/L. Marchesoni)

If a driver wore a seat belt, he might have survived a crash Wednesday night, a Murfreesboro Police sergeant said.

David Barrett, 25, of Russell Court died at the scene of the crash about 7:43 p.m. on Ransom Drive off Rutherford Boulevard, said Sgt. Sam Campbell of the Fatal Accident Crash Team.

He was driving a Honda Accord toward a curve when he failed to negotiate the curve, left the street and struck shrubs, said Campbell.

The car struck a tree in the front yard of a house at Ransom Drive and Larry Court and overturned on its top. The driver was not wearing a seat belt and was partially ejected.

"If he had stayed with the car, it's a good possibility he would have survived," Campbell said.

Speed could also be a factor in the crash, the sergeant said.

FACT officers were investigating the crash.

He was the third traffic fatality Wednesday in Rutherford County. Robert and Betty Hankins of Commerce, Ga., died in a three-vehicle crash about 12:20 p.m. on Interstate 24 near the Buchanan Road exit.

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