Fatal crash investigators early today charged 30-year-old Austin Hullett III with vehicular homicide for Monday evening’s six-vehicle crash at the intersection of Bell Road and Blue Hole Road that claimed the life of John Kurtz, 66, of Antioch.
The preliminary investigation shows that Hullet, of Deer Lake Drive, was driving his 2001 Ford Windstar van westbound on Bell Road at a high rate of speed when he failed to stop for the red traffic light at Blue Hole Road, striking Kurtz’2004 Chevrolet Suburban and a Ford Escape. Kurtz, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected from his SUV. He died at the scene.
The Ford Windstar van and the Ford Escape then collided with three other vehicles in the eastbound lanes of Bell Road. Hullet, his adult female passenger, and four children ages 2-6 (none of whom were properly secured in the van), were transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the Ford Escape, Tommy Huff, 44, of Antioch, was treated and released. No one else was transported.
During the investigation, a citizen approached officers and reported that Hullet struck her vehicle at the intersection of Bell Road and Cane Ridge Road and fled at a high rate of speed just before the fatal collision at Bell Road and Blue Hole Road.
In addition to vehicular homicide, Hullett is charged with two counts of aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, and driving on a revoked license. He is being held in lieu of $111,000 bond.