DOD: September 16, 2018
A 17-year-old is in named Nafarious Howard is accused of a number of charges, including vehicular homicide by recklessness, for crashing a carjacked Kia Forte sedan into a pedestrian named Corey Joseph Taylor at 1st Avenue North and Gay Street. The pedestrian, Corey Joseph Taylor, 24, was visiting Nashville from Jonesboro, Arkansas.
The events began a few minutes after midnight when Howard, with a gun, carjacked the 2012 Kia from a victim on Peach Creek Crescent off Stewarts Ferry Pike. A witness to this got into his vehicle and followed the Kia at a high rate of speed on I-40. The witness telephoned the Emergency Communications Center and provided updates on the Kia’s location. A Central Precinct officer spotted the carjacked Kia at approximately 12:36 a.m. and initiated a pursuit that spanned a very short distance and lasted less than 30 seconds. At the intersection of 1st Avenue and Gay Street, Howard attempted to turn left. The Kia struck the curb, traveled across Gay Street and went onto the sidewalk. It struck Taylor (who died at the scene) and a utility pole before coming to final rest. Howard fled from the Kia with pistol in hand and jumped down onto a steep wooded embankment that leads to the Cumberland River. Officers manned a boat and responded to the riverbank area where the teenager was ultimately taken into custody at 5:35 a.m. He was taken to Vanderbilt Medical Center for treatment of injuries sustained when he jumped onto the embankment.
Felony murder and aggravated robbery charges have been filed against accused carjacker Nafarious Howard, 17, who is alleged to have run over and killed an Arkansas man early Sunday, September 16, 2018, near the intersection of 1st Avenue North and Gay Street.
He is survived by his parents, Joe Taylor (Stacy) of Batesville, Kathleen Fitzpatrick of Beebe; his siblings, Justin Taylor, Ben Taylor, Julie Taylor of St. Louis, Stephanie Taylor of Batesville; his grandparents, Steve Taylor, Sandy Taylor of Batesville, Barbara Fitzpatrick of Batesville; his aunts and uncles, Jason Taylor (Brook), Josh Taylor, Laurie Vaughn.
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