Police ID couple killed in crash near Rivergate Mall

Wednesday, October 6, 2010 at 12:23pm
Staff reports

Metro police are trying to determine whether alcohol was factor in an early Wednesday crash just south of Rivergate Mall that claimed the lives of a man and woman in their 20s.

Kevin McManamon, 26, of Hendersonville, and Jessica Howard, 21, of Springfield, were killed in the crash, which happened around 1 a.m. at the intersection of Alta Loma Road and North Gallatin Pike in Madison.

Police say McManamon, who was driving on a suspended license, was turning left from Alta Loma Road onto North Gallatin Pike when a Ford F-150 pickup truck, traveling south on North Gallatin Pike, struck the driver’s side door of the McManamon’s Chrysler Sebring.

The driver of the pickup truck, Dustin Coker, 21, of Goodlettsville, and his passenger, David Lee Cherry, 20, of Nashville, received minor injuries, police said.

Coker was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. While at the hospital, police said they noticed that Coker smelled of an alcoholic beverage, had slurred speech and appeared to be under the influence. A blood sample from Coker was drawn for alcohol and drug analysis.

Investigating officers said they detected an odor of alcohol in and around the pickup truck and witnesses told police the occupants attempted to dispose of beer cans after the crash

Police are still trying to determine the contributing factor in the crash.

Officials say it is possible that the Sebring failed to yield to oncoming traffic. The intersection signal lights were flashing yellow for traffic on North Gallatin Pike and flashing red for traffic coming off of Alta Loma Road. It has not been determined whether the Sebring stopped for the flashing red signal.

Coker was arrested for DUI. His bond is set at $5,000.


13 Comments on this post:

By: comment12 on 10/7/10 at 5:04

I think it is a shame that this article is casting a negative light on the two people who lost their lives due to this senseless act of irresponsibility. A young man was intoxicated, and drinking while driving according to witnesses, yet the articles sees fit to point out the faults of the driver who was killed? What a shame. Two people DIED here. And those who were living it up and drinking while operating a 2 ton vehicle? Escaped with minor injuries. How sad. Drunk driving needs to stop.

By: daKine7 on 10/7/10 at 6:28

The victims had a RED flashing light.
The victim had a suspended license.
They (he) obviously pulled out in front of traffic with a YELLOW light.
Whether the truck driver was drinking or not, he didn't have time to brake.
I'd like to know the BAC of the victims, too.
Yes, they are dead, but the truck driver's life is 100% screwed in any event.

By: localmom1323 on 10/12/10 at 3:58

I also think it is a shame that you are casting a negative light on two VERY GOOD people whom lost their lives and think that you should be ashamed for talking so negatively without all the facts. Although Kevin was driving on a suspended license, he was an excellent driver and had no accidents in the past 10 years. Yes he obviously pulled out, but the truck driver was going well over the speed limit. Maybe when the victim pulled out there was no truck and then all of the sudden there was a truck. And what if the truck had no lights on...would you have been able to see it coming. Probably not. And both victims were completely sober. So maybe you should stop assuming things before you know all the facts. Two young adults with so much ahead of them lost their lives. Imagine the families of them....maybe your tune would change if you put yourself in their shoes. Who cares if the driver's life is going to be 100% screwed....he shouldn't have been driving after drinking. It was his choice....

By: jamiecoker on 1/29/11 at 4:02

If the victims would have stopped AND obeyed the RED FLASHING LIGHT this accident would have been avoided. Now someone is in jail for something they had no control over. He is a young man with his life on the line for something he DID NOT do. We should always put ourselves on the other side of the coin. This could have been the other way around. How do you know the other two-vicitms were sober do you know something that we don't ...when you point your finger at someone make sure YOU know all the FACTS.!

By: mplummer3135 on 1/29/11 at 8:53

decedant, McManamon, was driving on a suspended license, he DID make an illegal left turn from Alta Loma Road onto North Gallatin Pike and drove straight into the vehicle mr. coker's Ford F-150 pickup truck (which is NOT a 2-ton vehicle as the previous commenter has stated), traveling south on North Gallatin Pik; WITH THE LEGAL RIGHT OF WAY; he still struck the driver’s side door of the McManamon’s Chrysler Sebring b/c mcmanamon's failed to YIELD for HIS right of way.

maybe your tune would change if you put yourself in mr. coker's shoes OR their parents shoes. nobody seems to care if the driver's life is going to be 100% screwed....he shouldn't have been driving after drinking; HOWEVER, the driver of the other vehicle, the accident WAS HIS FAULT. It was his choice ALSO.

there are to be SOME kind of penalty for dustin coker's participation on this horrendous ACCIDENT.....but there has to be a AT A MINIMUM 50/50 blame here, dustin coker has a family who love me ALSO. tragedy all around in this horrendous ACCIDENT.

By: lamom13 on 2/1/11 at 11:08

the facts seem to be stated clearly--""The victims had a RED flashing light.
The victim had a suspended license.
They (he) obviously pulled out in front of traffic with a YELLOW light.
Whether the truck driver was drinking or not, he didn't have time to brake.
I'd like to know the BAC of the victims, too.
Yes, they are dead, but the truck driver's life is 100% screwed in any event...""
"""Although Kevin was driving on a suspended license""" LOOK AT THE FACTS

why would people post these things if they were not true. About the statement in they article pertaining to mr. coker's speech being slurred and appeared to be under the influence, he had just been in a horrible accident and realized the victims had been killed; I think any one would have been dazed and confused. Put yourself in his shoes. He is dealing not just with be in jail but with the death of two human beings, DUE to and ACCIDENT he was INVOLVED IN!!!!!

By: lamom13 on 2/1/11 at 11:15

I support Mr. Coker & his family in Nashville,TN. HIs mother must be dealing with alot. And yes so are the victim's family. BUT...to lose part of your life time for something you had NO control over is also hard . This could be anyone's son. When your wrong your wrong. If your not your not....MY prayers are with the COKER'S.....Keep your FAITH

By: Ccrooks on 2/4/11 at 1:55

First of all, this is a horrible tragedy for both families involved. I am a parent myself and can't imagine going through losing one of my children. My heart goes out to the families of the lost ones. I personally know Mr. Coker and have watched this child become a young man and again can't imagine if one of my children were in his shoes. I just pray that God will take care of Dustin and whatever the outcome, Dustin and his family get peace. Dustin is a wonderful person with a heart of gold. The sad thing about this hole tragedy is the fact that everyone is throwing up alcohol. Under the influence or not, it was God's will. When God calls us home, it is our time. It wasn't Dustin's time but he is being punished for a tragedy that was no fault of his. This kid has to live with the constant visual of that night over and over in his head. I know he is blaming himself because that is the kind of person he is. Soft, loving, helpful, and always there to lend a hand. I am so deeply sorry for all involved however, God has chosen for Dustin to remain here, therefore his work on earth isn't done. I pray that God leads you were he wants you to be Dustin and that you receive peace throughout this time in your life. You did not cause this to happen, you were just there. God used you in his calling. I love you and you are in my prayers.

By: lamom13 on 2/12/11 at 8:44

now the public should know the victim Kevin was driving under the influence of alcohol an cocaine..!!! driving under revoked license for DUI.!!! IS the law guilty until proven innocent. Mr. Coker had the yellow flashing light; proceed with caution. Red flashing light StOP!!! check traffice coming BOTH !!! ways!!!!. It is clear to me that he was intoxicated and on cocaine he could not make a decision. Nor should he even have been driving!!! A wittness stated that the victim pulled out in front of Mr. Coker..You shouldn't have to buy your way out of an accident you did not cause....

By: localmom1323 on 2/28/11 at 3:17

I am absolutely appalled at the comments and the assumptions that the victims were in the wrong. I understand and feel for the family of Coker but this could have all be prevented if he would have made a better decision. If you knew the correct facts, you would know that Kevin was not in the wrong in this accident. He has been cleared by the police - he did indeed stop at the light. And he was sober. I am not sure where you are getting your facts from but you should make sure they are reliable sources. Why would he be in jail if it were not his fault?? He should be in jail because he did have complete control of his decisions - he should have stopped drinking, he shouldn't have gotten behind the wheel, and he most definately shouldnt have been going over 70 miles per hour(when the speed limit is only 45 through there). I understand that his family is suffering over this horrible accident but he should be held accountable for not making the right decisions. Whatever happens in this situation, three people and their families have lives that are forever changed.

By: jamiecoker on 3/8/11 at 10:22

it was found in the discovery packet which came from the public defender of mr. coker. the evidence is that kevin the victim was driving UNDER SUSPENDED LICENSE FOR DUI !!!! HE!!! SHOULD HAVE NOT!!! BEEN DRIVING AT ALL!!! and he was under the influence of COCAINE & ALCOHOL!!! he too made a decision to get behind the wheel. i also think it is not possible to go from 0 to 90 from the light in which mr coker stop!! at until point of impact. Yes he should be held accountable for HIS action but mr coker did not cause the accident ...kevin should not have been driving at ALL. This could have been avoided. Unless you are in recovery or have never drank before, i believe at one time or another we all have been behind the wheel with alcohol in our system. But to be driving with a suspended license for DUI, to me that is a bad decision in itself....All families are in pain due to this accident. If you drink and drive please review this article and let it be a lesson that will change your life.....I understand EVERYONES feeling. Because I am in RECOVERY!!! Been there now i know better....

By: lamom13 on 3/8/11 at 10:46

it looks like to me all three people are being held accountable for their decisions. The two that lost their lives made a decisions to get behind the wheel (Kevin) and the other to ride in a vehicle with someone who had a suspended license for DUI and he had also been drinking and doing drugs. Coker is being held accountable, he is sitting in jail has not tried to bond out and is going through rehabilitation that is offered through Davidson County Jail. He is not walking free and he is not still DRIVING and the influence. He to is paying the price for his decisions. He is in jail and will do some time. What more do you want...Dustin Coker has a family too!!

By: Commenter on 4/20/13 at 3:00

I know this happened a while ago but Jessica Howard was my aunt and I miss her a lot. Stop posting negative comments about her and her boyfriend. Whoever's fault it was it doesn't matter at this moment they are dead and he's in jail. Coker was breaking an American law and if he wouldn't have hit my aunt he could have done bigger damage. We are lucky that he is in jail because he might have done it again if he wasn't put in jail I know he's very young to give up most of his life but he did do something illegal. It says at the bottom it was not determined if he stopped or not, and Kevin was not under the influence my aunt was smart enough to not get in the car with her boyfriend if he was.