A serious accident that unfolded in Antioch took the life of a Rutherford County resident this past Saturday. Katherine Margarita Jarquin Perez of LaVergne was the driver of a Nissan Altima that was involved in the two-car crash at 3300 Murfreesboro Pike just before 7:15 Saturday morning. Metro Nashville Police report Perez died from injuries she sustained in the crash.
According to the preliminary investigation, the Nissan being driven by 24-year-old Perez was traveling east on Murfreesboro Pike when it began drifting into the westbound lane. As her car drifted into the opposite lane, a Toyota Prius that was traveling west, attempted to swerve to avoid the Nissan, but was unsuccessful. The two vehicles collided head-on.
Metro Police confirmed Perez died at the scene. Metro also reported there were no signs of impairment at the scene on part of the Toyota driver that was struck by the Nissan being operated by Perez. The female driver of the Toyota was transported by ambulance to a local hospital. At last report, she had non-life-threatening injuries.
It’s routine to test any driver involved in a fatal accident for intoxicants, which is why toxicology testing has been ordered on the deceased woman who was believed to have crossed the line into oncoming traffic - - to determine whether impairment was a factor.
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