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A current, former Rutherford Co. high student killed in crash

Posted at 4:01 PM, Dec 03, 2018

Two people were killed in a crash in Murfreesboro over the weekend. They were identified as a current and former Rutherford County Schools student.

Police officers responded to the two-vehicle crash Saturday evening around 6:00 on the 500 block of Fortress Boulevard.

A 2005 GMC Sierra pickup truck, driven by 18-year-old Eric King, was driving north on Fortress when it traveled into the oncoming lanes of traffic and hit a Nissan Titan pickup truck.

King's passenger was a 17-year-old from Smyrna. The Titan was being driven by William Stephens with Christy Stephens in the passenger seat, both of Rockvale.

Rutherford County EMS initially responded on foot due to the proximity to their station and found the occupants of the Sierra ejected and gravely injured and the occupants of the Titan with minor injuries.

RCEMS was assisted on scene by members of Murfreesboro Fire and Rescue Department.

The 17-year-old passenger of the Sierra was transported to St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital where he was pronounced deceased. King was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he also later died from his injuries.

The Stephens were transported to Stonecrest Medical Center. William Stephens was treated and released, but Christy remains hospitalized.

The crash is still under investigation by the Fatal Accident Crash Team (F.A.C.T.). The initial investigation has determined not wearing seatbelts to be factors in the deaths.