1 killed in N. Avalon accident after vehicle stolen from gym

(Source: WMC Action News 5)
(Source: WMC Action News 5)

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A person has died after a two-vehicle accident involving a stolen vehicle Thursday afternoon.

The accident happened in the 400 block of North Avalon Street, off Overton Park Avenue.

Police said the vehicle struck a tree, and one person was pronounced dead at the scene. Another person has been detained.

Officials said the person who died was in a vehicle stolen from Planet Fitness near the intersection of Poplar Avenue and Angelus Street.

Police officers were in the area near Planet Fitness when they saw a man get out of a red Honda, which they later learned was stolen, and steal a white Honda from the parking lot.

The driver of the white Honda drove away and hit an unmarked police car before hitting a tree.

Sam Prager lives nearby and said he heard the car when it crashed.

"You could hear them coming prior to it," Prager said. "And then as soon as we looked over and saw it, it was gone, and you hear a crash, then another crash and then a final crash. Big booms."

The Tennessee Highway Patrol will conduct an investigation into the crash.

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