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Holland killed in 3-car wreck
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A midday wreck Saturday proved fatal for the 82-year-old driver of this white Chevy Cruz. - photo by Lisa Hobbs

A motor vehicle crash claimed a life over the weekend. 

Earl Holland, 82, suffered severe injuries in a midday three-vehicle crash at the intersection of Shelbyville Road and Old Well Road on Saturday, Aug. 28. 

The LaVergne resident was transported to Ascension Saint Thomas River Park Hospital and later succumbed to his injuries.

Tennessee Highway Patrol worked the crash. 

“Mr. Holland was coming from Old Well Road driving a 2015 white Chevy Cruz,” said Highway Patrol Sgt. Kevin Ballew. “He was sitting at the stop sign and attempted to take a left onto Shelbyville Road. When he did that, he pulled into the path of a Jeep that was traveling east on Shelbyville Road.”

Coming inbound was Warren County resident Chase Hillis, 24, driving a 2009 Jeep Wrangler. The Jeep struck the Chevy Cruz on its driver’s side front panel and door. 

“The two connected at an angle into the driver’s door,” said Ballew. “It wasn’t hardly a T-bone, because it was at a slight angle. I guess most people would probably consider it as a T-bone. It actually started at the front fender and went into the door.”

The impact pushed Holland’s vehicle into a third vehicle, a black 2017 Nissan Maxima driven by Warren County resident Debra Walker, 55, that had been traveling westbound. 

“Walker was approaching the intersection and had pulled to a stop with the intention of turning left onto Old Well Road,” said Ballew. “She was waiting on Shelbyville Road for Mr. Holland to pull out. The impact of the Jeep Wrangler pushed the Chevy Cruz into her vehicle. It made minor contact.” 

Holland was extricated from the wreckage. His wife and passenger, Ruth Holland, 79, was also injured and transported for treatment.

“I believe Mrs. Holland was later released from the hospital,” said Ballew. “She told us that she and her husband had just celebrated their 61st wedding anniversary. It’s always upsetting to lose someone you love in a motor vehicle accident, but losing someone you’ve been married to for 61 years, I can’t even imagine how traumatic that must have been.”

No other injuries were reported.