Crimes of passion are the most dangerous and unpredictable. This was proven again early Sunday morning when Murfreesboro police received a call from a victim who was being assaulted in a moving car, and her attacker would not stop the vehicle. It ended tragically.
Around 1:36 that morning (2/24/2019), an alert officer spotted the car near South Rutherford Boulevard. He was unable to catch-up with the speeding vehicle, and noticed it drove off the roadway and went behind a house near a dead-end on Woodbury Pike.
The Murfreesboro officer exited his police cruiser and started to walk around the structure. At that time, the car sped back onto the highway and fled. The officer ran to his car and a short pursuit began. However, the fleeing vehicle was out-of-sight.
As the officer continued down the Woodbury highway, he came upon a one vehicle crash involving the car he was chasing. However, the driver had fled the scene, but more tragically--the woman who had called for help was now deceased.
Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Travis Plotzer reports that 40-year old Rachel Bonds of Murfreesboro died in that crash.
The trooper said that the 2016 Nissan Sentra driven by Joshua Williams was traveling westbound on the Woodbury Pike, evading arrest from the Murfreesboro police officer. When the car approached a curve, it went straight--slamming into a utility pole, causing the Nissan to rotate and hit a second electric pole with the front passenger door, continued to rotate, coming to rest against a tree.
A second Murfreesboro resident was injured in the Sentra. He was 46-year old passenger John E. Hughes, Jr.
The driver and two passengers were all wearing safety belts.
Sheriff's Corporal Scott Martin and his K-9 were called to search for the driver. NewsRadio WGNS learned that two K-9 tracks were attempted, but neither were successful.
Suspect Joshua Williams was now wanted by the Tennessee Highway Patrol in connection with what has grown into leaving the scene of a fatal auto crash.
Around 10:00 o'clock Sunday (2/24/2019) morning, Sheriff's Sergeant Bryant Gregory was notified by a resident of the whereabouts of the Williams' suspect. It was at a house on the Old Woodbury Highway, the same one visited several hours earlier by the Murfreesboro officer.
Gregory and Corporal George Barrett approached Williams and took the Illinois resident into custody.
39-year old Joshua Williams of Freeport, Illinois was booked into the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center where Tennessee Highway Patrol charged him with vehicular homicide, felony reckless endangerment and leaving the scene of an accident knowing death resulted.
He is being held without bond. A hearing is set April 26, 2019 in General Sessions Court.