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Joelton man questioned in fatal I-24 crash

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Metro police said Wednesday they have questioned a man who has admitted to his involvement in a fatal crash Monday evening on Interstate 24.

Leesa Almond, 39, of Clarksville, TN, died when four vehicles were involved in a wreck around 5:45 p.m. on I-24 in northwest Davidson County. 

Police said Wednesday that a tip to Crime Stoppers led to the identification of Brooks Mercer, 20, of Joelton, as the person possibly responsible for the wreck.  Discussions are underway with the District Attorney regarding the next course of action.

The wreck occurred when investigators said a 2007 Pontiac Grand Prix and a 2007 GMC pickup were traveling west on I-24 when the pickup came into the Pontiac's lane.

The driver of the Grand Prix swerved to avoid being hit, crossed over into the eastbound lanes of I-24, and was struck on the passenger side by a 1998 GMC Jimmy.  The Grand Prix was then struck on the driver's side by a 2005 Pontiac Sunfire.

Almond, the driver of the Grand Prix, died at the scene.  She was wearing a seatbelt.

Police believe Mercer was driving the GMC pickup, which had an Arkansas license plate.

The driver of the GMC Jimmy, Jeffrey Holleman, 26, of Nashville, TN, was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he is in stable condition.

The driver of the Sunfire, Dillon Phelps, 18, of Eddyville, KY, was not seriously injured.

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