Police assess three fatal wrecks that occurred in 12-hour span

Monday, August 1, 2011 at 5:34pm

Metro police are investigating three fatal wrecks that occurred during a 12-hour span, starting with a deadly motorcycle accident that killed a 53-year-old man Sunday evening.

Brett Naylor’s 1990 Yamaha Virago left the roadway as he rode northbound on Interstate 65 near the Interstate 24 split at 7 p.m. Sunday. Once off of the road, Naylor hit a road sign in the median and was thrown from his motorcycle. He died at the scene.

Hours later at 12:30 a.m. Monday, police said 24-year-old Jacob Lane died when he drove his 1999 Ford Ranger, which was towing another car, into the back of a tractor-trailer as it entered I-40 West at Briley Parkway. Lane, 24, wasn’t wearing a seatbelt and died on the scene.

Toxicology tests are being conducted on both Naylor and Lane in the separate incidents. Lane, according to police, had a baggie containing 24 hydrocodone pills in one of his pockets. Police also said they found a “small amount” of a substance they believed to be marijuana on Naylor.

In yet a third accident — this one occurring at 6:45 Monday morning — Vladimir Schafer, 19, of Ocala Drive, was headed north on Nolensville Pike when his Honda Accord collided with a Nissan Pathfinder in the intersection at Wallace Road, police said.

Schafer’s car then swerved left and sideswiped a Toyota Corolla, before accelerating across the southbound lanes, leaving the roadway and heading airborne over a creek and into an embankment before settling in the creek.

Schafer, who was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the incident, was pronounced dead after he was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. The other drivers were uninjured, police said.

Police found no evidence of alcohol or drugs at that scene, and stated it wasn’t clear if a medical situation or some other cause led to Schafer losing control of his car.