Fast And Fatal: Drag Racer Speeding At 100 Mph Takes Life- According to authorities, a drag racer traveling at 100 mph lost control of his vehicle on Monday, killing a Nashville father who was en route to his daughter’s softball game.
Shortly after being freed from his vehicle and transported to a neighboring hospital, 34-year-old Jacob Barnhardt passed away.
Barnhardt was driving to pick up Kate Kastle’s two boys before going to his daughter’s softball game after work, according to Kate Kastle, Barnhardt’s girlfriend, who spoke to WEAU.
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Kastle recalled, “They just tore him away from us. He would pick up the kids he loved while abandoning the work he loved.
“He never missed anything that involved the kids. I knew something had occurred when I heard through his daughter’s mother that he wasn’t at the game and when my boy’s father called to check on the boys because he hadn’t picked them up.
According to police, Barnhardt was struck by one of two Dodge Challengers that were drag racing down the southbound Clarksville Pike when one of the drivers lost control and drove into the northbound lane.
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A Toyota pickup truck driver was also unharmed in the three-car accident.
Drag racer Patrick Ewin, 31, who police believe was the driver who hit Barnhardt, had just minor injuries but was arrested on suspicion of vehicular homicide by recklessness in connection with Barnhardt’s death. One of the drag racers fled the scene.
Kastle described Barnhardt, a retired Army special forces combat medic who spent 18 years stationed at Fort Campbell, as a loving father who would sacrifice anything for his kids.
Nashville police still want the driver of the second Dodge Charger.