Austin Peay student killed in hit-and-run crash; suspects sought - WSMV News 4


Austin Peay student killed in hit-and-run crash; suspects sought

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Clarksville police are searching for the driver who crashed a stolen SUV, killing an Austin Peay State University student, and never stopped to help.

Police say 19-year-old Danielle Hutchinson was a passenger in a 2003 Buick Regal that was backing from a private driveway Tuesday night on Kelsey Drive when a stolen 2008 Explorer collided into the car.

Hutchinson died from her injuries, and two other occupants in the Regal, including a juvenile passenger and the driver, 24-year-old Tyjuan Northington, were injured.

Northington was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in critical condition. His condition has since been upgraded to stable condition.

The juvenile passenger was taken to Gateway Medical Center in unknown condition.

Austin Peay State University has released the following statement:

"Danielle Hutchinson was a Freshman Psychology major at Austin Peay. We are all deeply saddened to learn of this situation. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and families affected by this tragic situation."

Investigators say the SUV was stolen from the area of Lafayette Road before the crash, and there are two suspects who remained on the run Wednesday and may be injured from the collision.

Both occupants of the Explorer, believed to be in their teens to early 20s, were unrestrained and were last seen running south on Kelsey Drive, police said.

"We want to see the people that killed her prosecuted because they just left her there," said Danielle's mother, Lynn Hutchinson. "They just ran. They just left her for dead. I think they knew the damage they had done was life-threatening. I think they thought they wouldn't get caught."

"We heard a loud bang like you've never heard before," said neighbor Lashield Evans. "I wish to God I would have at least come all the way out to see what my dog was barking about. I needed to see if someone was running near my house or if those were the people who did something like this. A child's life is lost, and my heart is truly broken for witnessing such a thing."

"I wish that the people that hit her would turn themselves in," added Hutchinson. "I wish I could do so many more things with her, but I'll cherish the memories that I do have with her."

Anyone with information on the crash is asked to call the Crime Stoppers TIPS hotline at 931-645-TIPS.

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