Police ID woman killed in early morning Briley Parkway wreck

Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at 4:56pm

Police have identified the woman killed in wreck that shut down Briley Parkway early Tuesday morning as 32-year-old April Arrington.

George Griffin, 28, of Slaydon Drive was also transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center with life-threatening injuries, while a third person — the driver of a tractor towing an empty tanker — involved in the wreck was not injured.

According to police, the preliminary investigation points to Griffin losing control of his Buick Century at 4 a.m. Tuesday on Briley Parkway west of Clarksville Highway and hitting the center median before overturning and coming to a rest in a dark section of road.

A Jeep Cherokee driven by Arrington, of Sioux Terrace in Madison, drove up on the Buick as it rested upside down in the roadway. Arrington then apparently swerved sharply steering the Jeep off the right shoulder before she swerved back onto the road, causing the vehicle to flip.

Arrington wasn’t wearing a seatbelt and was partially ejected from the vehicle as it flipped. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Freightliner tractor — driven by 61-year-old William Northington — also hit the overturned Buick pushing the car further down Briley Parkway and, again, into the center median. The truck slid about 100 feet before stopping across all lanes of traffic.

10 Comments on this post:

By: NewYorker1 on 5/17/11 at 5:08

Wow... that's horrible. Sorry for the loss of this young lady.

By: Chris72 on 5/17/11 at 7:11

When will people learn to wear their seatbelts...always????? Yes they're confining and uncomfortable, but it's better then being dead. You will NOT be "thrown clear" of the accident scene safely. More then likely what happens is you are ejected, or partially ejected(hanging out the vehicle window) and the vehicle will roll on you. Or, you will be thrown "clear" but break your neck in the process.....think about it, you're traveling at a high rate of speed, vehicle stops suddenly, you're gonna keep moving, right through the window, head first. Sorry for the loss of life in the story, but it is so preventable in almost all cases!!!!

By: IsthatSo on 5/17/11 at 10:02

No one can really know why this young lady was not wearing a seatbelt. In the end the reason doesn't even matter. What matters is that a family just lost a loved one so suddenly and so tragically. My heart goes out to this young ladys family and friends during this difficult time.

By: FredFlintstone on 5/18/11 at 4:51

I feel so bad for her family. I can't imagine what it would do to me and my family if this had been one of our children.

By: govskeptic on 5/18/11 at 7:39

Getting hit in the rear by a possibly speeding tractor-trailer is not important to
the story. It's the lack of wearing a seat belt the officials want concentrated on!

By: girliegirl on 5/18/11 at 7:46

"...partially ejected" Ew, ew ew seriously. My heart goes out to the witnesses who saw that one. I've seen wrecks just like this on Briley, but thankfully the victims were crushed and dragged in front of me. Seatbelts are the answer.

By: budlight on 5/18/11 at 8:16

Seat belts matter. People balk at them and then this happens.

Girlie, did you mean "the victims were NOT crushed and dragged"?

By: MeretriciousCreation on 5/18/11 at 8:23

@govskeptic I think you misread that, the tractor trailer hit the overturned Buick, not the woman not wearing her seatbelt. I've come upon an overturned vehicle in the middle of the interstate before, it was raining hard and it was dark, so it was difficult to tell that this vehicle was disabled and not moving until you were almost on top of it. The stretch of Briley they are talking about it poorly lit and very winding so driving a vehicle that large, it would have been almost impossible for him NOT to hit the original disabled car (the Buick) if he just came upon it suddenly.

By: global_citizen on 5/18/11 at 8:27

My condolences to the family of Ms. Arrington. I can't imagine how or why anyone would get in a car and not wear their seatbelt. It's inconceivable to me.

I've told my family if I'm ever killed in a car wreck and it's found I wasn't wearing my seat belt, call the police homicide division. You will never find me not wearing my seat belt.

By: TITAN1 on 5/18/11 at 12:06

govskeptic is always to eager to jump on the author of a story instead of comprehending what the story really says. My heart goes out to the victim's family. I pray that she is in God's arms and that God will comfort her family. People, please wear your seat belts.