A Lipscomb University student was arrested earlier this week on vehicular homicide charges stemming from an April 2009 crash in which a fellow student died.
Police say Rebecca Garthwaite, of Cantonment, Fla., the driver in the fatal crash, allegedly admitted drinking beer prior to the single-vehicle crash that claimed the life of Randall Hardison, 20, of Shelbyville.
Garthwaite was driving a 2001 Pontiac Grand Am near the intersection of Brownlee and Currywood drives when her vehicle went out of control at 4: 20 a.m. on April 27, 2009, police said. Her car slid into a ditch, struck a utility pole and flipped onto its top.
In addition to her passenger who was killed, two other 19-year-old passengers, Adam Curtis of Mt. Juliet, and Stewart Nash of Nashville, were hospitalized. A fourth passenger, Ryan Wilson, 19, of Franklin was treated and released from the hospital.
Garthwaite faces a total of five charges including vehicular homicide by reckless conduct, vehicular homicide by intoxication, aggravated assault and two counts of vehicular assault.
She was released Jan. 25 on $100,000 bond.