MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A prominent member of the Shelby County Republican Party has died.
Bill Giannini, former deputy commissioner of Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance and former chairman of Shelby County Republican Party, was killed in a car crash Thursday.
Giannini was driving to Memphis from Nashville at about 1:40 p.m. on Interstate 40 eastbound in Decatur County, according to Tennessee Highway Patrol.
Officials said his vehicle crossed through the median into the westbound lanes, causing a head-on collision.
The driver of the other vehicle was injured in the crash, and it is unknown what their condition is.
Republican Party Chair Lee Mills released a statement on Giannini's death:
Tennessee Sen. Lee Harris (D-Memphis) issued the following statement on Giannini's death:
Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell released the following statement on Giannini's passing:
Giannini was president of Resolve Consulting Firm and also formerly owned Little Italy Pizza on Union Avenue in Memphis.