Death toll soars on Tennessee's roads

Death toll soars on Tennessee's roads

May 9th, 2012 by The Tennessean in Local - Breaking News

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.

Photo by The Tennessean /Times Free Press.

"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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