Driver charged in May crash that killed motorcyclist

Carey McGowan
Age: 50
Nolensville, TN

Carey McGowan, 50, of Nolensville, has been charged in the May crash that killed 44-year old Patrick Sturdivant. The crash happened on May 10, 2017, shortly after 5:30 pm on E. McEwen Drive near Carothers Parkway.

An in-depth investigation determined that McGowan hit Sturdivant’s motorcycle and then intentionally left the scene. Carey McGowan, charged with (1) Leaving the Scene of an Accident Resulting in Death and (2) Failure to Exercise Due Care Resulting in the Death of Another, was booked into the Williamson County Jail today. Due in court on August 31 at 9 am, McGowan is currently free on a $10,000 bond.

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Man injured, 2 vehicles damaged after unsecured plywood goes airborne on I-65; At-fault driver at large

These pictures paint a vivid picture of the importance of properly securing anything you haul. One man was injured on I-65 S near Murfreesboro Rd., this afternoon at 2 pm, after several pieces of plywood flew off of a trailer being towed by a white SUV. The plywood went through the window of a box truck, injuring the driver. A second vehicle was damaged after being hit by airborne plywood, as well.

An investigation is underway to identify the driver of the SUV, who did not stop. Officer are evaluating the possibility that the at-fault driver of the SUV may not have realized what had occurred. A Crime Stoppers reward of up to $1,000 is available for anyone with information in this case.

Crime Stoppers:
(615) 794-4000
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FPD program takes aim on teen driver safety; Register online for our June or July offering

UPDATE | May 25, 2017

Both offerings are full to capacity, and applications are no longer being accepted. Follow @FranklinTNPD on Twitter for information on future classes when they are announced.

In 2016, 47.6% of Williamson County crashes involved a licensed driver between 15 and 24 years old. Because vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the U.S., Franklin Police and local businesses have teamed up to offer teens a unique perspective of life behind the wheel.

Bringing Awareness Through Training and Life Experiences (B.A.T.T.L.E.) is a 6.5-hour program that teaches teen drivers safe behind-the-wheel behaviors through an interactive, hands-on experience with officers. BATTLE combines the rules of the road with the dangers of distracted and impaired driving, occupant protection, and dangerous driving behaviors. The class is free and open to Williamson County teens with parental permission, and a valid Tennessee driver’s license or learner’s permit.

To apply, complete this online application or visit FranklinTN.gov/TeenSafeDriving. A member of the FPD Traffic Unit will contact applicants to confirm their acceptance into our June 3 or July 29, 2017 offering. The class runs from 8:30am-3pm; seating is limited, and registration is required.

BATTLE does not replace, and cannot be substituted for, traditional driver’s education training, and is made possible by Hyundai of Cool Springs, Nissan of Cool Springs, Infiniti of Cool Springs, Jet’s Pizza, and the Franklin Police Department.

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FPD call for witnesses to last week’s fatal motorcycle crash

Franklin Police are seeking witnesses who may have information about actions by anyone involved before, during, or after the motorcycle crash that killed 44-year-old Patrick Sturdivant last Wednesday night. The crash occurred shortly after 5:30 p.m. on E. McEwen Drive near Carothers Parkway.

The 50-year-old Nolensville woman who hit Sturdivant was traveling east on E. McEwen when she initiated a lane change, colliding with the eastbound motorcycle that Sturdivant was driving. Traffic Reconstructionists from the Franklin Police Department’s Critical Incident Response team are investigating. It has not yet been determined if charges will be filed.

 If you have any information that might be helpful, you are urged to call
Franklin Police: (615) 794-2513, ask for the Traffic Unit.

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Motorcycle driver in Wednesday’s crash dies

The motorcycle driver injured in Wednesday night’s crash has died. The crash occurred shortly after 5:30 p.m. on E. McEwen Drive near Carothers Parkway. Patrick Sturdivant was critically injured during the crash. Sturdivant was rushed to Vanderbilt Medical Center where he later died. He was 44.

The 50-year-old Nolensville woman who hit Sturdivant was traveling east on E. McEwen when she initiated a lane change, colliding with the eastbound motorcycle that Sturdivant was driving. Traffic Reconstructionists from the Franklin Police Department’s Critical Incident Response team are investigating. It has not yet been determined if charges will be filed. We are saddened by the Sturdivant family’s tragic loss.

Franklin Police are seeking witnesses.
If you have any information that might be helpful, you are urged to call
Franklin Police: (615) 794-2513, ask for the Traffic Unit.

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Franklin man critically injured in E. McEwen Dr. motorcycle crash


Shortly after 5:30 p.m., officers were summoned to E. McEwen Drive near Carothers Parkway for a car vs. motorcycle injury-crash. Arriving officers found the severely injured 44-year-old Franklin motorcycle driver off of the roadway, in an area of trees.

Traffic Reconstructionists from the Franklin Police Department’s Critical Incident Response team determined that the motorcycle driver was traveling east on E. McEwen, just east of Carothers Parkway, when a 50-year-old Nolensville woman in an SUV, who was also traveling east, initiated a lane change and knocked the motorcycle into the curb. The victim was launched from the motorcycle before he collided with a tree. He suffered life-threatening injuries and is in critical condition at Nashville’s Vanderbilt Medical Center.

No charges have been filed, but an in-depth investigation into the crash is underway. Investigators remain on-scene at this hour. The roadway is expected to re-open before 10pm.

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FPD program takes aim on teen driver safety; Register online for our April or May offering

Teen Driver w Banner
In 2016, 47.6% of Williamson County crashes involved a licensed driver between 15 and 24 years old. Because vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the U.S., Franklin Police and local businesses have teamed up to offer teens a unique perspective of life behind the wheel.

Bringing Awareness Through Training and Life Experiences (B.A.T.T.L.E.) is a 6.5-hour program that teaches teen drivers safe behind-the-wheel behaviors through an interactive, hands-on experience with officers. BATTLE combines the rules of the road with the dangers of distracted and impaired driving, occupant protection, and dangerous driving behaviors. The class is free and open to Williamson County teens with parental permission, and a valid Tennessee driver’s license or learner’s permit.

To apply, complete this online application or visit FranklinTN.gov/TeenSafeDriving. A member of the FPD Traffic Unit will contact applicants to confirm their acceptance into our April 8 or May 6, 2017 offering. The class runs from 8:30am-3pm; seating is limited, and registration is required.

BATTLE does not replace, and cannot be substituted for, traditional driver’s education training, and is made possible by Hyundai of Cool Springs, Nissan of Cool Springs, Infiniti of Cool Springs, Jet’s Pizza, and the Franklin Police Department.

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FPD program takes aim on teen driver safety; Register today for our November 5 offering

Teen Driver w Banner
In 2015, 37% of Williamson County crashes involved a licensed driver between 15 and 24 years old. Because vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the U.S., Franklin Police and local businesses have teamed up to offer teens a unique perspective of life behind the wheel.

Bringing Awareness Through Training and Life Experiences (B.A.T.T.L.E.) is a 6.5-hour program that teaches teen drivers safe behind-the-wheel behaviors through an interactive, hands-on experience with officers. BATTLE combines the rules of the road with the dangers of distracted and impaired driving, occupant protection, and dangerous driving behaviors. The class is free and open to Williamson County teens with parental permission, and a valid Tennessee driver’s license or learner’s permit.

To apply, complete this online application or visit FranklinTN.gov/TeenSafeDriving. A member of the FPD Traffic Unit will contact applicants to confirm their acceptance into our November 5, 2016 offering. The class runs from 8:30am-3pm; seating is limited, and registration is required.

BATTLE does not replace, and cannot be substituted for, traditional driver’s education training, and is made possible by Hyundai of Cool Springs, Nissan of Cool Springs, Infiniti of Cool Springs, Jet’s Pizza, and the Franklin Police Department.

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FPD program takes aim on teen driver safety

Teen Driver w Banner
In 2014, 44% of Williamson County crashes involved a licensed driver between 15 and 24 years old. Because vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the U.S., Franklin Police and local businesses have teamed up to offer teens a unique perspective of life behind the wheel.

Bringing Awareness Through Training and Life Experiences (B.A.T.T.L.E.) is a 6.5-hour program that teaches teen drivers safe behind-the-wheel behaviors through an interactive, hands-on experience with officers. BATTLE combines the rules of the road with the dangers of distracted and impaired driving, occupant protection, and dangerous driving behaviors. The class is free and open to Williamson County teens with parental permission, and a valid Tennessee driver’s license or learner’s permit.

To apply, complete this online application or visit FranklinTN.gov/TeenSafeDriving. A member of the FPD Traffic Unit will contact applicants to confirm their acceptance into one of our upcoming classes: May 21 and June 11, 2016. Classes are from 8:30am-3pm; seating is limited, and registration is required.

BATTLE does not replace, and cannot be substituted for, traditional driver’s education training, and is made possible by Hyundai of Cool Springs, Nissan of Cool Springs, Infiniti of Cool Springs, Jet’s Pizza, and the Franklin Police Department.

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