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LEBANON -- Charges are pending in a Tuesday, Sept. 6 accident on Hartsville Pike that resulted in the death of a Hermitage man. The accident happened about 10 a.m. near Athens Road and Centerville.

According to a report from the Tennessee Department of Safety, Robert L. Elkins, 32, of Forest Ridge Drive, Hermitage, died as a result of his injuries.

The report, filed by Trooper Tracy White of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, said Antonio L. Calhoun, 35, of Cainsville Road, was driving a 2000 Ford Explorer sport utility vehicle and was headed eastbound on Hartsville Pike near Athens Road when the vehicle crossed the center line and collided head-on with a 1999 Honda UAX driven by Elkins.

The Honda made a final stop in a ditch on the westbound side of Hartsville Pike while the Ford Explorer came to a final stop in the roadway facing southwest.

Calhoun and the passenger in his vehicle, Barbara C. Watson, 28, of Long Fork Creek Road in Lafayette, were both injured. All three persons were wearing their seat belts, the report noted.

Although there was no evidence of drug or alcohol use, Blood Alcohol and drug tests were requested as is standard in accidents when a fatality occurs.

Calhoun was issued a citation for Failure to exercise due care and driving on the wrong side of the road.

The report said that criminal charges are pending.

From Post staff reports

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