Teen killed in wrong-way crash on I-65

Sunday, July 4, 2010 at 1:58pm
Staff reports

A Nashville teen died early Saturday morning after driving about two miles into oncoming traffic on Interstate 65 near Armory Drive.

Andrew M. D'Aquila, 18, of Maymanor Circle, was driving his 1994 Honda Civic northbound in the southbound lanes when he collided with a Chevrolet Tahoe at 1:40 a.m.

The driver of the SUV, William Calhoun, 20, of Louisville, Ky. Calhoun told investigators that he suddenly saw headlights coming toward him and tried to swerve to avoid the Honda, but was unsuccessful.

Neither Calhoun nor his five passengers were seriously hurt.

Motorists reported seeing the vehicle traveling the wrong for about two miles, police said.

Police said they don’t know why D'Aquila was driving the wrong way. There were no signs of drugs or alcohol at the scene. The Medical Examiner’s Office will conduct toxicology tests.


7 Comments on this post:

By: dargent7 on 7/5/10 at 6:16

"No signs"? Driving two miles the WRONG way is a "sign". He didn't see any headlights coming at him? Had to be on something.

By: wataboutbob on 7/5/10 at 8:59

no visible signs . . . blood tests may show more.

By: WickedTribe on 7/5/10 at 11:31

Strange how he died but none of the six people in the other vehicle were seriously injured. I guess the other vehicle was a massive SUV.

By: fishfry on 7/5/10 at 1:29

Good grief - drove two miles the wrong way? If he wasn't on something was he wearing dark glasses, blind or asleep? SAD that he died, but maybe that was his intent. Who knows what people are thinking these days they are so stressed out!

By: Sacratez on 7/5/10 at 3:13

Umm, Maybe they could read english when they got onto the exit ramp to head onto I-65. If they couldn't then the family just may choose to take Nashville to court and no doubt win.

By: petraid on 7/5/10 at 6:05

Maybe you people should consider the fact that some of his friends and family can read this. He was a great kid, and died way too young. He was my class-mate. Nobody deserves this kind of accident. May he rest and peace and God bless his family.

By: lynnfield01940 on 7/5/10 at 10:56

I agree with petraid.
Honestly people, you come on this news website and read a tragic story about an innocent life being taken, and you want to blame the victim, mock the victim that he couldn't read the signs? Are you serious?
In the event that this had happened to a friend or family member in your life, would you like to come on here and read the comments that you left?
Where's the heart and compassion readers should have when an accident as horrible as this occurs?
I knew Andrew personally, and I believe that he is in a better place now. This accident has changed the lives of everyone that knew him and I am so sorry that I could not be there tonight at his funeral to say goodbye.
God bless his family, that in their time of need they have the support of others, and the peace they need to get through this rough time.
I'll always miss you Andrew, you will never be forgotten.
Love, your friends and family in Lynnfield.