Jalah Owens, 18, of Murfreesboro was killed early Saturday morning in what Metro Nashville Police are calling a hit-and-run crash on Interstate 24.
MNPD has charged suspected Hit and Run driver Kelley Jones, 38, with multiple offenses for her reported involvement in a three-vehicle collision around 3:40 a.m. Saturday on I-24 East near Haywood Lane.
The preliminary investigation of the crash shows that the driver of an eastbound 2007 Volkswagen Jetta, driven by Owens struck the rear of an unknown vehicle (possibly a tractor/trailer or vehicle of similar size) on I-24. The collision resulted in Jones, the suspected driver of a 2007 Pontiac Grand Prix, to then strike the rear of the Jetta. All three vehicles were traveling eastbound on I-24.
The Pontiac was unoccupied when police arrived on the scene. Jones is the registered owner.
When she sought medical treatment at a hospital in Rutherford County, police were notified.
During an interview Saturday afternoon, Jones denied that she was driving the Pontiac. Her injuries are consistent with being in a high-speed vehicle crash. A blood sample was drawn from Jones.
She is charged with leaving the scene of a fatal crash, failure to render aid, failure to provide notice, and driving on a revoked license. Jones, of Murfreesboro, is free on $15,800 bond.
Owens was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he died.
Anyone with information about this crash is urged to contact the Emergency Communications Center at 615-862-8600, Hit & Run investigators at 615-862-7713 or Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME.
Photo: Kelley Jones/Courtesy of MNPD