published Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Death toll soars on Tennessee's roads

Bradley Collier survived being shot and wounded by a grenade in Iraq. Two weeks ago he became another in a growing number of people killed in accidents on Tennessee roads. His mother, Susan Collier, holds Bradley’s baby blanket.
Bradley Collier survived being shot and wounded by a grenade in Iraq. Two weeks ago he became another in a growing number of people killed in accidents on Tennessee roads. His mother, Susan Collier, holds Bradley’s baby blanket.
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“Please don’t tell me he’s dead.”

Susan Collier pleaded with grief counselors at Vanderbilt University Medical Center Wednesday after rushing there to see her son, who had been in a motorcycle crash.

“I’m so sorry,” a counselor responded.

“No, don’t tell me that, please,” Collier pleaded.

Her son, Bradley Collier, 35, of Nashville died after his motorcycle smashed into the back of a truck. Her family had only learned two weeks ago that the Iraq war veteran had bought the bike. They had pleaded with him to reconsider.

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