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Nashville songwriter in court after high speed car accident

A Nashville songwriter was recently convicted of manslaughter for causing a high speed car accident outside of Cincinnati. The songwriter was driving a turbocharged Mustang last October at speeds of 154 mph in the emergency lane of a highway near Cincinnati. The man said that he was speeding because he was in a hurry to get back to Nashville.

Speeding is common in Nashville and throughout the country. While most people drive within 10 miles of the posted speed limit, there are individuals like the songwriter who drive with reckless disregard for the safety of those around them. Fatal car accidents are more likely when a driver decides to speed. Speeding not only increases the severity of a car accident impact, but makes the accident more likely to occur because a speeding driver cannot react as quickly to unexpected changes in road conditions.

Authorities say that the Nashville songwriter struck a disabled car while speeding in the emergency lane of the highway. The disabled 1991 Buick Century was crushed to half of its original size in the accident. It also burst into flames, killing a 60-year-old hospital CFO who was on his way to work.

"My husband burned on the side of the road. All I got was ashes," the CFO's widow said. "Every one of his organs were lacerated. Anybody should be careful on the side of the road."

Authorities say that songwriter could have avoided the accident had he not been speeding 89 miles above the speed limit. Reports indicated that he was weaving in and out of traffic and drove in both emergency lanes of the highway.

The man will be sentenced on Halloween, where he faces up to 11 1/2 years in prison.

Source: Cincinnati.com, "Man driving 154 mph before fatal I-71 crash pleads guilty," Kimball Perry, Sept. 28, 2011

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