Information from WYSH Radio
A former University of Tennessee linebacker was killed in an early-morning, single-vehicle accident in front of Ray Varner Ford in Clinton on Sunday.
Clinton Police Department officers responded to a report of an accident shortly before 3 a.m. Sunday on North Charles Seivers Boulevard near Miller Road and upon their arrival, found a Chevy Tahoe on its roof with heavy damage.
The only person in the vehicle, 31-year-old Daniel Brooks of New Market, had to be extricated from the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Investigators determined that Brooks had been headed west on Seivers when his SUV left the side of the road and traveled some distance in a ditchline before striking a driveway culvert, which caused it to become airborne. The Tahoe landed on its front end and flipped several times before coming to rest on its roof.
Officers reported that Brooks had been wearing a seatbelt.
There was no evidence that drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash, but the accident report indicates he was traveling at a high rate of speed when the accident occurred.
Brooks was a native of Jackson, Tennessee, and played his high school football at Jackson Central-Merry. He played sparingly during the 2003 and 2004 seasons at UT before he was dismissed from the university.
He finished his playing career at Jackson State University and returned to Knoxville to complete his degree.
After graduation, Brooks became a law enforcement officer and joined the Tennessee Army National Guard.
The roadway near the accident scene was shut down for about four hours while the wreck was investigated and the scene cleared.
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