William Stuart, 19, was charged with vehicular homicide after being involved in a single-car rollover in which a passenger was ejected and killed in Robertson County near the Cheatham County line on Sept. 28.
The accident involved Cheatham County residents, according to a Facebook post by Cheatham County Sheriff Mike Breedlove, who also promised stricter scrutiny of younger drivers by his department. Authorities investigating the crash haven’t released full details.
Logan Thibedeau, age 19, was found deceased on the scene when Trooper J. Hoyt arrived at 4:20 a.m.
The crash occurred at the intersection of Glen Raven and Stroudville roads. According to the report by Hoyt, Stuart admitted to excessive speeding and running the stop sign at the intersection.
Assistant Chief Russel Gupton of the Robertson County EMS said officials reported up to six possible passengers in the vehicle at the time of the crash. It’s believed two passengers fled the scene before authorities arrived. No serious injuries were documented outside of the deceased.
Stuart also admitted to having “at least 3 beers” before the accident happened. Hoyt observed in his report that Stuart smelled strongly of alcohol. Stuart allegedly failed the field sobriety test and was recorded having a 0.12 blood alcohol content.
Breedlove, in the Facebook post, said “six Cheatham teens” were in the vehicle and also promised increased enforcement by his department.
He said that traffic deaths among 16-24-year-old drivers have increased this year.
“The deputies have been directed by your sheriff to drop the hammer on your kids if they have been drinking and driving!,” the Facebook post said. “We will also call you about why they got a ticket or arrested.”
Breedlove said in his online post the deputies will be watching specifically for speeding violations.