Woman Charged With Vehicular Homicide In Antioch Crash

ANTIOCH, Tenn. - A woman has been charged with vehicular homicide following an early-morning, fatal crash in Antioch. 

The incident happened around 2:30 a.m. Friday on Burkitt Road.

Officials with Metro Nashville Police said 34-year-old Merrick J. Hanse smelled of alcohol when officers responded to the scene. 

Police said Hanse was traveling down the road when she veered into oncoming traffic while navigating a curve.

She overcorrected, causing the vehicle to flip several times before coming to rest in a ditch.

Her passenger, 49-year-old Trena Goshtasbi, was not wearing a seat belt and was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Hanse was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police said she consented to a breath test which showed her blood alcohol content to be 0.213 percent - more than two times the legal limit. She would be taken into custody following her discharge from the hospital. 

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