Man Accused In Deadly Crash Appears In Court

Posted at 6:41 PM, Apr 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-26 20:23:17-04

The man accused of causing a deadly accident in Antioch appeared in court for the first time, as a survivor recalled chaotic moments following the crash which killed a father from Antioch. 

"The van was on fire at that time. There was a lot of flames. I grabbed the child and shocked they weren't in a child seat," said Tommy Huff who managed to survive.

John Kurtz was killed instantly. The 66-year-old was a few miles from his home when he was ejected from his SUV, and died at the scene. Police said he was not wearing a seatbelt.

"I noticed there was a gentleman dead in the road. From the looks of him I knew I didn't make it," Huff said in court Tuesday.

Four children were also inside of Hullett's minivan when it crashed, investigators said none of them were wearing seatbelts.

"I was shocked I was able to reach in through the glass window and pull the child out. I thought I was gonna have to unbuckle seatbelts and pull them out," Huff added.

At the time of the crash, Hullett told police that his brakes failed, but in court a Metro Nashville Police Officer, who examined the brakes of the minivan, said they appeared to be working.

Hullett was charged with vehicular homicide, two counts of aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, and driving on a revoked license.  He was jailed in lieu of $111,000 bond. 

The judge in the case found there was probable cause to send the case to a grand jury.