Man dies after stealing car from Planet Fitness

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Tennessee Highway Patrol is investigating a crash involving a stolen vehicle that claimed a man's life Thursday night.

According to police officers, the car theft happened in the Planet Fitness gym parking lot in Midtown.

Richard Hughes was driving a white Honda Accord that officers said he stole from a Planet Fitness on Poplar Avenue. Hughes then crashed it at the intersection of North Avalon Street and Overton Park Avenue.

"They were going like crazy fast," said Sam Prager, who saw the crash. "Going super-fast, probably like 80 miles per hour."

According to MPD, Hughes hit an unmarked police car before crashing into a tree. He died on the scene.

"As soon as we got here, there were a bunch of cop cars following him," Prager said.

Damon Wesby works out at Planet Fitness a few days each week. He said he usually feels safe despite what happened Thursday.

"You can't steal cars and you've got to watch your surroundings, really," said Wesby. "SkyCop thing, they usually have that and they have security driving around."

Wesby said despite feeling safe, he is more alert now.

"People don't care these days, you've got to just be very careful," he said.

A second man, Shawn Nichols, was also charged after officers found meth inside his red Honda Civic at Planet Fitness.

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