UPDATE: Thursday PM Semi vs SUV Crash
Sunday, August 25, 2019 12:00 pm
(MURFREESBORO) Here's an update on the Thursday night crash between a Chevy Suburbabn and a semi on Memorial at Medical Center Parkway between a semi and SUV. The driver of the 2001 Suburban.
Police spokesperson Larry Flowers told WGNS that the driver of the SUV was located a block from the accident scene, and faces multiple charges.
The preliminary investigation shows a semi-truck driven by Joseph Mezzacopo of Clarksville was turning from Medical Center Parkway onto the northbound lane Memorial Boulevard (toward Lebanon) when a 2001 Chevrolet Suburvan was traveling southbound on Memorial Boulevard (toward Franklin) with its headlights off. According to police reports, the SUV was driven by 23-year old Rafael H. Guadarrama of Antioch.
Flowers noted that Guadarrama left the scene of the crash and was located by officers a block away crossing St. Clair Street. He was taken to Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital by Rutherford County Emergency Medical Services.
After medical treatment, Rafael H. Guadarrama was booked on August 23, 2019 at the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center on charges of leaving the scene of an accident that involved bodily injury ($2,000 bond), violation of the alcohol open container law ($500 bond), and aggravated vehicular assault ($7,000 bond). Records show that he was released that same day.
There were two passengers trapped inside the SUV. Murfreesboro Fire Rescue extricated 28-year old Rusbel Domingues and 35-year old Sergio Vega-Perez from the Chevy Suburban. Paramedics from Rutherford County Emergency Medical Services treated them on-the-scene, and LifeFlight helicopter flew Vega-Perez to Vanderbilt Medical Center and Domingues was transported by ambulance. Vega-Perez remains in the hospital in critical condition.
Mezzacopo, driver of the tractor-trailer rig, was not injured.
The Murfreesboro Police Department's Fatal Accident Crash Team (FACT) continues its investigation.
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