Charlene Harris, the 23-year-old passenger in a single–vehicle rollover crash that happened early Sunday morning, died from her injuries later that day.
Metro police charged the driver of the GMC Envoy, Jeremy McBride, 25, with vehicular assault after he was released from a hospital and was later free on $5,000 bond. McBride may now face additional charges following Harris’ death, according to police.
The wreck happened at 12:30 a.m. Sunday on Interstate 40 East at Briley Parkway. Police said witnesses reported that McBride was driving erratically and lost control of the SUV causing it to roll over. Harris, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the vehicle.
Police believe alcohol was involved in the crash, claiming that officers smelled alcohol on McBride and that he admitted to drinking alcohol before the crash.
Toxicology tests are pending for McBride.