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Teen killed in stolen car crash after Nashville police pursuit

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An unoccupied truck was pushed into a north Nashville home by a crash involving a stolen car. An unoccupied truck was pushed into a north Nashville home by a crash involving a stolen car.
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Metro police have identified the occupants of a car that crashed early Thursday in Nashville following a short police pursuit,  killing a teenage passenger and hurting two other people.

Police say a 2011 Toyota Corolla that had been reported stolen earlier in the week was spotted by an officer who attempted to initiate a traffic stop.

The driver of the Corolla began to speed away from police when the car hit a curb and then slammed into a parked truck, forcing the truck into a home along Jefferson Street near Dr. DB Todd Jr. Boulevard.

The Corolla came to a rest flipped against the back of the truck.

Nobody inside the home was injured.

"It bothers you to have something happen like that right in your domain, where you live," said homeowner Preston Bronaugh.

A passenger in the car, 16-year-old Kristopher Howard of Nashville, was partially ejected and died at the scene, police said.

The Corolla's driver, Derrick Thomas, 16, and the front-seat passenger, Carmilla Ellison, 36, were both injured and transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for treatment.

"That's a really sad thing to happen on a holiday - someone losing their life on a crime gone bad," said William Taylor, who lives nearby.

Although the person who lives at the home wasn't hurt, the truck punched a hole right through the front wall, and there remained a big mess to clean up Thursday afternoon.

"God has blessed the man that's still alive in that home," said neighbor Alma Fuqua

Police said Thomas was later released from Vanderbilt on Thursday and now faces charges of vehicular homicide, vehicular assault, evading police, driving without a license, curfew violation and auto theft.

Thomas is also being charged with two counts of aggravated robbery. Police say Thomas is accused of robbing the Corolla owner of her purse and robbing a pizza deliveryman on Alameda Street on Dec. 23.

Additional charges against Thomas in connection to other cases are pending.

Police say they have learned through the investigation that Howard is also implicated in area robbery cases.

Rhyan Rawlings, 16, is also being charged in connection to the robbery of the owner of the Corolla, the car theft and the pizza delivery robbery.

Ellison was admitted to Vanderbilt with serious injuries, and warrants issued against her include auto theft and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

At the time of the crash, Ellison was free on bond after felony cocaine charge in October, police said. She has prior convictions for possessing cocaine for resale, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, unlawful weapon possession, disorderly conduct, assault and several counts of driving on a suspended license.

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