One Killed, Two Hurt In Hit-And-Run Crash In Clarksville
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – An Austin Peay State University student was killed and two others were hurt in a hit-and-run crash on Tuesday night.
Clarksville Police said a 2008 Ford Explorer was stolen from the area of Lafayette Road around 10:30 p.m. by two people. The driver then drove at a high rate of speed along Kelsey Drive, where it collided with a 2004 Buick Regal that was backing out of a driveway.
One of the passengers in the Regal, 19-year-old Danielle Hutchinson, died in the crash. The driver, 24-year-old Tyjuan Northington, was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, and was listed in stable condition. A juvenile passenger was taken to Gateway Medical Center in Clarksville.
Hutchinson's family was inside the home when they heard the crash. They said they are still stunned by what happened.
"She didn't deserve it," said Elly Hutchinson, Danielle's sister. "She was just turning her car around in the driveway. Only a coward would take off like that."
The occupants in the Explorer fled the scene, but police said they likely sustained injuries. They were said to be in their late teens to early 20s. The passenger was described as a black female with long straight hair, but the driver's description was not immediately available.
Clarksville police are hopeful someone with information on the accident will come forward.
"A lot of times the people involved will brag about what they've done, and someone will hear it and call us," said Natalie Hall, Public Information Officer at the Clarksville Police Department. "We are hoping someone can help us out."
Hutchinson was studying psychology at Austin Peay State University and was a 2012 graduate of Northwest High School. Her family said they miss her infectious laugh and great smile.
"I can't even walk by her room without thinking about the fact she is never going to be here again," said Lynn Hutchinson, Danielle's mother.
A memorial service for Hutchinson is scheduled for 3 p.m. Saturday, December 14 at Neal-Tarpley-Parchman Chapel in Clarksville. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the start of the service.
Anyone with information about the crash or the suspects' whereabouts have been asked to call Crime Stoppers TIPS hotline at 931-645-TIPS (8477).
Students in the Academy of Energy and Power at Maplewood are busy getting ready for next week's Project Expo and had the opportunity to show it off some of their projects to Tennessee Congressman Jim Cooper.