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Local Soccer Coach Killed in Crash on I-24


June 16, 2013


The man killed in this morning’s three-vehicle crash in the westbound lanes of I-24 near Bell Road is identified as Eric T. Susewind, 28, the assistant women’s soccer coach at Cumberland University.
The preliminary investigation indicates that Susewind was driving his 2010 Nissan Versa west on I-24 at 2:20 a.m. when he struck a 1993 Ford Ranger pickup truck in the rear.  After the impact, the Versa came to rest sideways in a traffic lane while the pickup truck stopped several hundred yards away on the right shoulder of the interstate.  Shortly after the Versa came to rest, it was hit on the driver’s side door by a tractor-trailer. The tractor-trailer pushed the Nissan about 100 yards.  Susewind died at the scene.
The driver of the pickup truck, Juan Garcia, 20, of Nashville, received minor injuries and did not require medical transport.  The driver of the tractor-trailer, Greg Sears, 58, of Kent, Ohio, was not injured.  His passenger, Brandt Melerine, 30, of Covington, Louisiana, who was in the sleeper compartment at the time of the crash, received minor injuries and did not require medical transport.  
The preliminary contributing factor appears to be a disabled vehicle in the roadway. Investigators at present do not believe that alcohol contributed to this fatal crash.