Smyrna man dies from transmission debris in Rutherford County

Published: Jul. 25, 2022 at 9:07 PM CDT
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SMYRNA, Tenn. (WSMV) - A Smyrna man died after he was hit by transmission debris while driving.

On Sunday, in Rutherford County, 30-year-old Davis Christopher was driving a 1994 Ford Mustang east on Interstate 840 near mile marker 58. Suddenly, the transmission dropped out of the car and glanced on the asphalt, sending debris that struck three other vehicles driving west.

27-year-old Nathaniel Perkins of Smyrna was driving with 25-year-old Rankin Antonio Quantavius in a 2018 Nissan Rogue when Perkins was struck by the debris and died.

The other three cars could safely stop. However, the debris damaged their vehicles as well.

Sherman Napier, 49, of Franklin, was driving a 2015 Infinity Q70 when the left front bumper got hit by the debris. This caused the hood to come off, which slammed into the windshield and made the airbag deploy.

35-year-old Donald Barron’s 2011 Toyota Corolla was also damaged after the left tire got punctured.

Both Barron and Napier were able to stop on the right-hand shoulder safely.

According to the preliminary report, Barron, Napier, and Quantavius had no reported injuries.

Christopher was charged with the crash, but his case was referred to the DA, according to the preliminary report.

All five people were reportedly wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash.

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