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Suspect who fled fatal crash Wednesday surrenders to police

Updated Thursday, May 8, 2014 | 4:36 p.m.

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Edward Barber

Fatal crash

A man this afternoon surrendered to Metro Police and said he was the driver who fled from fatal traffic accident Wednesday evening.

Edward Barber, 49, turned himself in at Metro’s Enterprise Area Command just after 12:30 p.m. He was arrested on a felony count of leaving the scene of an accident involving death or personal injury and issued a citation for driving without a valid license and not having proof of insurance.

Metro, in a police report issued this morning prior to Barber’s arrest, said an unidentified motorist was driving a GMC Yukon east on Charleston Boulevard about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday when he tried to make a left turn at Arville Street and collided with an oncoming Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera.

The Oldsmobile ran onto a sidewalk and slammed into the wall of the nearby Flex Cocktail Lounge, police said. The GMC hit a minivan that was stopped on Arville, pushing it into another vehicle, police said.

The driver of the GMC – ostensibly Barber – stopped to talk with the Oldsmobile’s driver and then walked into Flex, police said. Witnesses reported he slipped out the back door and ran away, police said.

A 75-year-old passenger in the Oldsmobile was rushed to University Medical Center, where she died from injuries sustained in the crash, police said. No one else was seriously injured.

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