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.