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One person killed in Hermitage crash

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A woman is dead after police say her 16-year-old son crashed the car he was driving in Hermitage Tuesday night.

Family members say they were headed to the teen's grandmother's home when police say Rodney Jones passed another vehicle in a no-passing zone on Dodson Chapel Road and lost control, hitting a fence and a tree.

Police say 38-year-old Meklit Melkie died at the hospital. Jones had nonlife-threatening injuries.

Jones was driving on an intermediate restricted Tennessee driver's license.

Andrew Williams, president of the Tennessee Regional Safety Council, says the Graduated Driver License program does work - for the most part.

"The breakdown we're seeing here - parents don't have the time, the expertise, the knowledge to really teach their children how to drive," he said. "Driver education programs are almost nonexistent throughout the United States now."

Right now, drivers don't have to take an educational driving course to get their restricted intermediate license.

Williams says they are required to take such a class after they get a ticket or in a crash instead.

"Let's be proactive. In other words, if you want to get a driver's license, you've got to go through some organized program to learn the rules of the road, talk about hazards, talk about the physiology that's taking place in the body and the mind as you're driving a motor vehicle."

But to make that safety change, Williams says it requires lawmakers driving to Capitol Hill to take action.

Family members say the teenager is now home. Police say neither Melkie nor her son were wearing seatbelts. At last check, no charges have been filed.

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