UPDATE: Pursuit & Fatal Crash on S. Church Street

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From NewsChannel 5
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Garieon Simmons alleged to have led authorities on a fatal high speed chase.

A multi-county police pursuit of a stolen vehicle ended in Rutherford County with fatal results...


The chase began around 4 o'clock Friday afternoon in Coffee County when 28-year old Garieon Simmons of Decherd allegedly stole a black S-U-V from Coffee County Funeral Home on McMinnville Highway. Police report that a short segment of that pursuit was in the wrong lane of traffic on I-24. When they reached the county line, Rutherford County deputies took over.

At exit 81, the chase left the interstate and traveled out South Church Street (toward Shelbyville).


According to Tennessee Highway Patrol Lt. Bill Miller, 28-year old Jennifer Campos was turning out of a parking lot onto South Church when the Nissan Altima she was driving was slammed on the driver's side door by the large, stolen Cadillac SUV driven by Simmons. Campos, of Murfreesboro, was killed in the crash and her seven-month old little girl was hurt, but survived. Trooper Travis Plotzer tells NewsChannel 5 car seats can make a difference between life and death for children...

Simmons vehicle struck the one driven by Campos then hit another Nissan car driven by 27-year old Katrina Sadler of Bradyville head on. Simmons, Sadler and the infant were all taken to the hospital with injuries. Simmons was taken by Life Flight to Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville.

Sherry Neil was a witness to the crash...

South Church Street was closed for several hours during the busy drive time Friday afternoon while authorities investigated the crash. Manchester Police, Coffee County and Rutherford County Sheriff's deputies were all involved in the pursuit. The T-H-P investigated the crash.


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