MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -- Authorities have identified a 22-year-old man who was killed New Year’s Day in a single-car crash that injured three others on North Rutherford Boulevard.
Robert S. Cook, of Burns, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash that occurred at about 3:30 a.m. in the 1000 block of North Rutherford Boulevard near Prestwick Drive, according to officials with the Murfreesboro Police Department.
A spokesman for Murfreesboro police said Cook was sitting in the left rear seat of a 2001 Chevrolet Impala driven by 30-year-old Shelia Holmes when the car rammed into a utility pole.
“The driver, Shelia Holmes, lost control of the vehicle in a curve and struck the center median,” said Sgt. Kyle Evans, public information officer for the Police Department. “She then traveled back across the roadway and struck a large utility pole and other things on the side of the road.”
Jamarist Kelly, who was riding in the center of the backseat, suffered serious injuries. The 22-year-old Dickson resident was transported via LifeFlight to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Evans said.
Murfreesboro resident Nicholas Parker, 22, was sitting in the right side of the backseat when the crash occurred. His condition remains unknown because he “left the scene before officers arrived,” Evans said.
“Attempts to locate him have been unsuccessful,” he said in a press release.
Holmes and Joan Bullington, who was sitting in the front passenger seat, were both taken to Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital on the night of the crash.
Holmes, who lives in Murfreesboro, suffered a minor injury in the wreck, while Bullington was not hurt, according to a Fatal Accident Crash Team report.
Evans said authorities took a blood sample from Holmes at the hospital, and it will be submitted to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation for testing to determine whether alcohol or drugs played a role in the crash.
An autopsy has also been ordered for Cook as part of the investigation into the crash.
“The investigation is ongoing,” Evans said, “and no criminal charges have been filed at this time.”
A life celebration service will be at 12 p.m. on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at Harpeth Hills Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Harpeth Hills Memory Gardens.
Visitation will be Friday, 4-8 pm and Saturday, 10 am - 12 pm at Harpeth Hills Funeral Home, 9090 Hwy 100, Nashville, (615) 646-9292. www.afamilylegacy.com
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