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Speeding suspect causes three-car pile-up

Jared Felkins jfelkins@lebanondemocrat.com • Dec 17, 2015 at 6:18 PM

A speeding suspect who apparently anticipated receiving a speeding ticket Thursday evening caused a three-car pile up with injuries on Leeville Pike in Lebanon.

Lebanon Traffic Motorcycle Officer Robert Bates said he watched as another officer clocked Jameson Manning, 20, of Mt. Juliet, traveling at 63 mph in a 45 mph zone. Manning was driving a 2010 Jeep Patriot westbound on Leeville Pike.

Bates said when Manning was clocked he was less than 100 yards from the intersection of Crowell Lane, where two other vehicles were stopped, attempting to turn. He said as the other officer attempted to turn around to pull Manning over, Manning’s Patriot slammed into the rear of a 2002 Jeep Cherokee driven by a juvenile with another juvenile passenger.

Both juveniles were taken by Wilson Emergency Management Agency ambulance to University Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. Their conditions were unknown due to their ages.

Bates said the impact sent the Cherokee into the rear of a 1998 Volvo station wagon driven by Marci Davis, of Murfreesboro. Davis and her daughter were not injured.

Manning was cited at the scene for speeding and failure to exercise due care.

The wreck happened at about 6 p.m. at the same time Lebanon firefighters were battling a brush fire at 524 Crowell Lane near the wreck scene.

According to Assistant fire Chief Jason Baird, firefighters had trouble getting ahead of the fire after it went across a property line fence and into a wooded lot. He said firefighters got the fire under control just as they ran out of water.

“It wasn't a large area, but we had some structures to try to protect, and it was wind driven,” Baird said.

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