Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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June 23, 2012

Memphis man charged in traffic fatality

CROSSVILLE — A Memphis man who was a passenger in a vehicle traveling east on I-40 as it passed through Cumberland County lost his life in a single-vehicle crash, and the driver has been charged in connection with the death, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

The victim was identified as Mohammed M. Ali, 39, who was a passenger in a car driven by Hamisi Haruna, 26, also of Memphis.

Haruna was arrested following his release from the hospital and charged with vehicular homicide by intoxication.

The wreck occurred around 10 p.m. near the 334 mile marker near the Westel community when Haruna failed to negotiate a curve and lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle ran off the road and flipped, ejecting both the driver and the passenger.

The vehicle then came to run on top of the Ali, THP reported. Haruna was injured in the crash.

The patrol reported that neither man was wearing seat belts and that both had been drinking prior to the wreck.

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