MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – The Murfreesboro Police Department (MPD) Fatal Accident Crash Team (FACT) has released the name of the driver who was killed in a single vehicle accident this past Sunday, June 4, 2023. On Tuesday, investigators confirmed that 62-year-old Donnie Preston Beasley was killed in the crash that occurred about 10-minutes before 6 a.m. on Sunday morning.
Beasley was driving a 1994 Chevrolet 1500 pickup truck when he wrecked at the intersection of Lascassas Pike and Hazelwood Street. The preliminary investigation by the MPD determined that Beasley was speeding, lost control, veered off the road, and landed upside down. The pickup then caught fire. Officers attempted to rescue Beasley who was trapped inside, but reported the flames were too intense.
According to Public Information Officer Larry Flowers, when Murfreesboro Fire Rescue Department firefighters arrived, they were able to quickly extinguished the blaze. However, Beasley was pronounced dead on the scene.
At the wreck site, there was a significant amount of debris that investigators needed to preserve as evidence. To keep the evidence secure, officers closed down Lascassas Pike. The road was closed to thru traffic between Middle Tennessee and Northfield Boulevards on Sunday morning for about 1-hour.
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