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Man Charged With Vehicular Homicide For I-65 Collision

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Frank Alexander Cheek who died after a crash on I-65 North near Briley Parkway on Nov. 17 Frank Alexander Cheek who died after a crash on I-65 North near Briley Parkway on Nov. 17
Cheek's stepdaughter, Trish Smith Cheek's stepdaughter, Trish Smith

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A Greenbrier man was charged with vehicular homicide for racing on Interstate 65 and causing a fatal crash.

Metro police said Brian Anthony Dever was racing another car on the interstate near Briley Parkway Monday when he lost control of his car. The 48-year-old man used the shoulder to pass cars.

He also zigzagged from lane to lane before he crashed into a pickup truck and then the passenger side of a sports utility vehicle. The vehicle rolled and ejected two passengers.

"He was apparently racing or trying to keep up with somebody," said Metro spokesman Don Aaron.

Frank Alexander Cheek, a rear seat passenger in the SUV, was pronounced dead at Skyline Medical Center.

"He took a daddy. He took a grandfather. He took a very good man," said Trish Smith.

Smith learned about the crash by watching the 4 o'clock news Monday. Later, she learned that her stepfather and mother the victims.

She's angry "because I didn't get to tell him bye," she said. "But I would've had a few words for (Dever). It wouldn't have been pretty."

"You don't go racing on the interstate," Aaron said. "You don't go weaving in and out of traffic. You don't go sliding around because if you do, bad things are most likely to happen."

In addition to vehicular homicide, Dever was also charged with three counts of reckless endangerment by a motor vehicle.  His bond was set at $56,000.

Cheek also lived in Greenbrier.

Looking at Dever's picture, Smith said he looked familiar.

She said her stepfather was very friendly and kind.

But the daughter he raised as his own is struggling to find forgiveness.

"And to me, if you kill somebody, I don't care how it is, he needs to serve his time," she said. "Most people get life. That's what I want him to get," she said.

Her mother, Patsy Cheek, is in the critical care unit at Skyline Medical Center. She said her mother does recall every moment of the crash and she knows that her husband did not survive.

Neither passenger was wearing their seatbelt.

Dever is out of jail. His family didn't return NewsChannel 5's phone calls. Police said they are not looking for a secondary driver, someone Dever might have been racing or chasing.

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