Suspected Drag Racer Facing Vehicular Homicide Charge for Monday Afternoon Fatal Crash

Mar 07, 2023 at 06:30 am by WGNS News

Metro Police: Patrick Ewin, 31

A suspected drag racer’s loss of control on Clarksville Pike just north of Cliff Drive late Monday afternoon resulted in a three-vehicle collision and the death of a 34-year-old motorist. The incident occured in the Nashville area. 

31-Year-old Patrick Ewin of Davidson County, is now jailed on a charge of vehicular homicide by recklessness for the death of Jacob Barnhardt of Clarksville.


The Metro Police investigation shows that Ewin was driving a 2017 Dodge Charger Hellcat southbound on Clarksville Pike at a speed estimated to have been in excess of 100 mph when he lost control and crossed into the northbound lanes. The Charger struck a Honda Insight sedan being driven by Barnhardt. The Charger then struck a Toyota Tacoma pickup truck.

Barnhardt had to be extricated from the Honda. He was rushed to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he died shortly after arrival. Ewin was transported to the hospital for minor injuries, then to jail. The driver of the pickup truck was uninjured. Surveillance video from the area appears to show Ewin racing another Dodge Charger before he lost control.

A judicial commissioner set Ewin’s bond at $75,000.

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