NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Pearl-Cohn High School Student Taurus Turrentine was killed in a car crash last night on Due West Avenue.
Turrentine was a passenger in a gray Chevrolet Equinox driven by a 17-year-old last night. The driver was traveling west on Due West Avenue when she swerved off the road and hit a tree. Turrentine died following the crash.
The driver told Metro Nashville Police that she swerved because she believed she saw the headlights of another vehicle coming toward her in her lane.
The driver and Turrentine were not wearing seat belts at the time of the accident. There is no evidence of impairment at the scene.
Turrentine was a football player at Pearl-Cohn High School. Coach Tony Brunetti gave a statement on the former player.
"Taurus Turrentine was a 6 foot, 285 pound teddy bear who was simultaneously one of the strongest kids on the Pearl-Cohn Firedbirds football team. Taurus was as an all-district defensive tackle, who played four years at Pearl-Cohn and started the last three years. Taurus chose Pearl-Cohn because he knew he could go to college with the support of the coaches and teachers, and this year he received a full ride to Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia, Kentucky. His teachers, coaches, and classmates described him as generous and kind who brought the light to the classroom. Our hearts are with his family as we join them in mourning the loss of this wonderful and talented young man."
Police arrested the driver for not having a license or insurance.