Topeka couple killed in Sunday morning crash on Nashville highway

Two people were killed in a head-on collision in Russellville Wednesday evening.
Two people were killed in a head-on collision in Russellville Wednesday evening.(AP)
Published: Sep. 20, 2021 at 8:23 AM CDT
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WIBW) - A Topeka couple was killed Sunday morning in a two-vehicle crash on a Nashville highway, authorities said.

The couple was identified as Scott Whitmore, 62, and Melanie Whitmore, 58.

According to a news release from the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department, the crash occurred at 9:30 a.m. Sunday on Interstate 24 near Haywood Lane. The location was on the southeast side of Nashville.

According to Nashville police officials, the preliminary investigation indicated that Scott Whitmore was driving his 2010 Honda Civic west on I-24 when for unknown reasons he lost control of the car, which struck the guardrail on the right shoulder of the highway.

The car then traveled back onto the roadway where it was struck by a 2017 Ford F-250 pickup truck driven by Graig Greaves, 51, of Wood Dale, Ill.

Nashville police said the Whitmores, who were both wearing their seatbelts, died at the scene.

Greaves was reported uninjured.

Nashville police said there was no evidence of alcohol or drug involvement in the fatal crash.

Officials said Scott Whitmore formerly worked as a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Topeka.

Melanie Whitmore worked as an accountant for Topeka Unified School District 501, where she had been employed since 2008.

Topeka USD 501 Superintendent Tiffany Anderson sent an email to staff members on Monday informing them of Whitmore’s death.

In the email, Anderson wrote, “It is with a heavy heart that I share that Mrs. Melanie Whitmore, who serves in Accounts Receivable, was in a tragic car accident yesterday with her husband who also passed away at the scene.

“Melanie is a beloved staff member who has been employed with Topeka Public Schools since 2008 as our Accountant in Accounts Receivable. She was an incredible person who is one of the most thoughtful, loving team members on our central office team. Her role impacts everyone in our district.

“While many of you may not have had the privilege to meet Mrs. Whitmore, given her work is behind the scenes, she impacted every school directly as our accountant. She will be missed greatly by us all and our thoughts and prayers are with her family.”

A crisis team was in place Monday at the Burnett Administrative Center at 624 S.W. 24th for USD 501 staff members.

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