7-Year-Old Killed In Winchester Crash

Posted at 8:07 PM, Jan 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-01 21:07:34-05

A 7-year-old boy was killed, and his family members were seriously injured in a three-car crash in Franklin County, 

The incident happened around 11:30 a.m. Thursday, New Year's Eve, on Dinah Shore Boulevard in Winchester.

Officials with the Winchester Police Department said a minivan carrying the Hill family was heading south. The van was stopped at a red light when a 2008 Kia, slammed into the back of it, forcing the van into the intersection and oncoming traffic

The van then collided with a Ford F150 pickup truck. Police said the driver of the Kia was traveling at a high rate of speed, about 90 miles per hour.

Inside the van was Aaron and Lynetta Hill and their two twin 7-year-old boys James and John.

James Hill was pronounced dead at Southern Tennessee Medical Center in Winchester. His brother, John, was airlifted from the scene and taken to the hospital. He went through surgery for internal injuries, but had not regained consciousness.

Their father, Aaron, was also seriously injured in the crash. He was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Lynetta was expected to be okay, but suffered a broken back and six broken ribs.

Police said 83-year-old Mary Parks was driving the Kia and also suffered serious injuries. Jimmie Northcutt was Parks' passenger. Parks was in critical condition at Vanderbilt, but Northcutt was in stable condition.

"Right now our thoughts and prayers are with the Hill family with the loss of a child, and also Miss Parks and her family . You know they certainly didn't intend for this to happen, it was nothing intentional, it was an accident," said Winchester Police Chief Dennis Young.

"The impact was so violent it knocked the parked van probably 75 ft into the oncoming traffic lane where it hit the other vehicle. it was a very, very massive impact," said Young.

No charges have been filed against Parks, and it was unclear why she was speeding, or what may have caused her to slam into the Hill family's van. 

Investigators used nearby surveillance and street cameras as part of their ongoing investigation into the crash.

A gofundme account has been set up for donations for the Hill family, you can visit the page by clicking here.