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Man Charged with Vehicular Homicide for Wednesday's Fatal Crash on Clarksville Pike

8/27/2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Fatal crash investigators charged Roger McElroy, 56, with vehicular homicide and vehicular assault for Wednesday’s 3:30 p.m. three-vehicle collision on Clarksville Pike at Bernard Road that claimed the life of Steven Toth, 66, and injured MNPD Officer Ben Cantrell, 45.

The preliminary investigation shows that McElroy, who was driving a 2000 Ford pickup truck, ran the stop sign on Bernard Road and entered Clarksville Pike where he was struck by a southbound 2013 Ford Fusion driven by Toth. The Ford Fusion then traveled into the northbound lanes of Clarksville Pike and collided with Officer Cantrell’s patrol car. Toth was transported to Skyline Medical Center where he died. Officer Cantrell, who is assigned to the West Precinct, was returning home after completing his day shift. He was transported to Vanderbilt Medical Center with serious but non-life threatening injuries. Officer Cantrell is a 19-year MNPD veteran.

McElroy, who reported that he had taken prescription medication and smoked CBD, had bloodshot eyes and constricted pupils. He appeared confused and displayed indicators of impairment during the administration of Standard Field Sobriety Tasks. A sample of his blood will be analyzed for alcohol and drug content.

McElroy, who has two previous DUI convictions, is also charged with driving on a revoked license. He is being held in lieu of $173,000 bond.

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Roger McElroy, 56