Driver Traumatized After Car Hit During Police Chase

Posted at 9:44 PM, Jul 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-09 18:24:57-04

It will be a long road to recovery for a La Vergne man seriously injured during a high-speed police pursuit that crossed county lines. 

Three weeks ago, Dan Fedele was rushed to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in critical condition after a stolen truck involved in a chase swerved into oncoming traffic and slammed into his car head-on. 

Officials with the Mount Juliet Police Department released dash cam video of the chase, which would reach speeds of more than 90 miles per hour. 

The officer chased after the suspect as the video showed him evading authorities. 

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The chase began on Mount Juliet Road and would end in Antioch on Hobson Pike near Smith Springs Parkway. 

"I'm very mad," Fedele's wife Stacey told NewsChannel 5. "I just don't understand why something like this had to happen. I can't bring myself to watch the dash cam video."

Stacey said her husband was delivering pizza the night he was hit. They were planning on celebrating their 24th wedding anniversary but would be spending it in the hospital instead.

"He has a shattered ankle, shattered kneecap, broken femur, broken ribs, fractured sternum, and a spinal chord injury," Stacey listed. 

Dan spent two weeks at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and was later moved to the Sheperd Center in Atlanta. 

"He called and he was crying and he said he was hurting and didn't know if he could do this. He says he has nightmares every night," Stacey said.

Stacey and her children have planned to visit him next week. 

Police said the driver in the pickup truck ran away from the scene but was later apprehended after he turned himself in.

Kevin Woodard of Antioch remained at the Wilson County Jail facing several charges including reckless endangerment and driving with a revoked license. 

Dan's family has set up a gofundme account to help with expenses. To learn more, click on this link