Driver charged with vehicular homicide in deadly Antioch crash

(Photo: Metro Nashville Police Department)

CANE RIDGE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A driver was charged with vehicular homicide after an early morning crash in Antioch killed her passenger.

Metro police said the driver of a Nissan Pathfinder, identified as Merrick Hanse, was later found to have a blood alcohol content of 0.213.

Hanse is accused of losing control on Burkitt Road near Battle Road just before 2:30 a.m. She allegedly overcorrected, causing the SUV to leave the road and crash into a ditch.

The 49-year-old passenger, Trena Goshtasbi, was thrown from the car and died at the scene. Police said she was not wearing a seat belt.

Hanse, 34, was injured and had to be extricated from the SUV. She was taken to a nearby hospital with non-life threatening injuries and was arrested upon her discharge for vehicular homicide.

According to Metro police, an officer who responded to the hospital observed that Hanse smelled of alcohol. She consented to a breath test which showed her blood alcohol content to be 0.213 percent, more than two times the legal limit.

The road was closed for several hours but reopened just before 6:30 a.m.