Victim’s family wants guardrails installed on stretch of I-440

Victim's family wants guardrails installed on stretch of I-440 (Image 1)

A grieving father hopes to bring attention to a section of interstate where his son died last week.

Allen Garton, 18, was killed in a violent collision on October 1.  

For an unknown reason, he lost control of his 1995 BMW on Interstate 440, causing him to travel over the center median and into oncoming traffic where he collided with another vehicle.  

Allen was pronounced dead at the scene.

“He was a really outgoing kid. He had a ton of friends.  A lot of people thought of him as a big brother around here,” said the victim's father, Stonie Garton.  “He was a good kid. I'm going to miss everything about him.”

The family believes the outcome may have been different if there had been safety fencing to prevent their son from crossing into oncoming traffic.

“I believe the outcome would have been a whole lot different. I believe it would have been a lot different,” said Stonie.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation says it is already planning to add guardrails to I-440, west of Interstate 65, in the near future.  

A spokesperson told Nashville's News 2 the department will also look into putting guardrails up in the eastbound lanes of I-440 where Allen crashed.

“There's nothing in that stretch. Nothing at all,” said Stonie.

Stonie drives that stretch of road everyday for work and each day he passes will be a painful reminder of the son that he has lost.

“I wish something would be done on that stretch of interstate so no other parent has to feel the way we felt this week,” he told Nashville's News 2.

Allen's passenger and close friend, 18-year-old Carlos Gomez, was critically injured and continues to fight for his life at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Gomez is listed in critical but stable condition.

A fund has been set up to help his family with medical expenses.

Donations can be made at any local Fifth Third Bank.

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