Murfreesboro father charged in Saturday car crash that killed his son

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WKRN) – A man is in custody after a fatal crash on Saturday in Murfreesboro that killed his son.   

According to a release, officers responded to a call for a crash on E. Northfield Boulevard around 5 p.m.   

Murfreesboro Police officers responded to a one-vehicle crash Saturday near 1002 E. Northfield Blvd, involving a 2005 Honda Odyssey. Investigators say the car was traveling westbound on E. Northfield Blvd and hit the curb multiple times before running off the road, striking a fire hydrant and rolling on its side. Responders say both driver Bryan Keith Downing and his son Bryan Keith Downing, Jr. were trapped inside the vehicle, then extricated by Murfreesboro Fire Rescue personnel.

Father charged with vehicular homicide in drunk driving crash that killed his son

Police said the 2005 Honda Odyssey was going west on E. Northfield Boulevard when it struck a curb multiple times before going off the road and hitting a fire hydrant, causing it to roll on its side.  

Bryan Keith Downing has been charged with vehicular homicide, driving under the influence and 3rd offense and violation of the open container law. He is being held at the Rutherford County Sheriffs Dept. under a $264,000 bond.

Both the driver and the passenger were pulled out of the car. Police said the passenger, identified as 33-year-old Bryan Keith Downing Jr., died at the scene.  

Bryan Keith Downing, Jr. was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver was transported to St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital and released.

The driver, 59-year-old Bryan Keith Downing, suffered minor injuries. He was treated at St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital, according to a release.  

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Detectives said upon his release, Downing was charged with vehicular homicide, driving under the influence, 3rd offense and violation of the open container law.  

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