Metro police have identified the two men killed in a single-vehicle crash early Sunday morning on Central Pike in Hermitage.
Christopher Nadeau, 38, of Hermitage, was driving a 2007 Nissan Maxima on Central Pike near New Hope Road at 1:25 a.m. when his vehicle left the roadway. It then went airborne over a ditch, began rolling and struck a utility pole, which cut the vehicle almost in half.
Nadeau and his passenger, Brandon Jewell, 23, of Hermitage, died at the scene. Both men were wearing seat belts.
Police say speed was a contributing factor along with possibly alcohol.
The victims’ out of state relatives have now been located and notified.
In a second fatal crash Sunday morning, Stanley Bowles, 35, of Murfreesboro, was killed at 2:50 a.m. on Interstate 24 east near Haywood Lane.
Police say the Ford Expedition he was driving collided with the rear of another car, left the right side of the interstate, struck several trees and overturned.
Bowles was ejected and died at the scene, police said.
The driver and sole occupant of the car he hit received only minor injuries.
Contributing factors to this crash were speeding and careless driving, police said.