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Woman Being Charged with Vehicular Homicide by Intoxication for Early Morning Fatal Crash



Merrick J. Hanse, 34, will be charged with vehicular homicide by intoxication in connection with this morning’s crash on Burkitt Road near Battle Road that killed Hanse’s passenger, Trena Goshtasbi, 49, of Antioch.

Hanse, of Nashville, is being treated at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She will be arrested upon her discharge.

The investigation shows that Hanse was driving her 2001 Nissan Pathfinder south on Burkitt Road at 2:25 a.m. when she lost control in a curve and traveled off the left side of the roadway. She overcorrected to the right. The SUV then struck a ditch and overturned. Goshtasbi was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected. She died at the scene. Hanse was extricated by the Nashville Fire Department and taken to Vanderbilt.

An officer who responded to the hospital observed that Hanse smelled of alcohol. She consented to a breath test which showed her blood alcohol content to be 0.213%, more than two times the legal limit.