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Police ID 7-Year-Old Boy Killed In Crash On OHB

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Posted at 8:29 PM, Jun 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-09 16:51:43-04

Authorities have released the identity of an 7-year-old boy who was killed in a crash on Old Hickory Boulevard in Nashville. 

The incident happened around 4:40 p.m. Wednesday on Old Hickory Boulevard, just east of Granny White Pike.

Officials with the Metro Nashville Police Department said 7-year-old Hayes Springer was killed when his family's minivan was struck from behind by a Jeep Wrangler. 

His mother, Jennie Springer, was traveling westbound when she began slowing in the left lane shortly before the crash. 

The driver of the Jeep, 24-year-old Scott Simpson, told police he looked down when his backpack slid off his front seat. When he looked back up, he said he couldn't avoid colliding with the van. 

Hayes was sitting in his booster seat in the third row back seat. He was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he later died.

His 9-year-old brother, Battle, was sitting in the second row of seating. Both he and his mother were treated for non-critical injuries.

There was no evidence of drugs or alcohol involved. Police said no charges have been filed at this time. 

Old Hickory Boulevard from Granny White Pike was closed in both directions for a few hours while police investigated. 

The District Attorney’s Office would review the completed investigation.