Multiple individuals claim that former Tennessee Titans kicker Rob Bironas attempted to run them off the road Saturday night, shortly before he was killed in a one-car accident. In addition, Bironas’ wife, Rachel Bradshaw, reported him missing before his fatal crash, according to police records.
A woman called Metro police in Nashville, Tennessee, Saturday to report a one-car accident, the Tennessean newspaper reported. After explaining the scene to police, the woman handed her phone to a second woman who said that a driver in a white SUV had attempted to run her and her husband off the road.
“He is dangerous, he is drunk or something. He tried to start a fight with us,” the second woman said. “My husband ran down there to see what is going on. I just want to tell the police there is something wrong with him. He is dangerous, he is drunk or he is on drugs. There is something wrong with him. He gave us a mean look. We don’t even know him, and he tried to run us off the road.”
Metro police spokesman Don Aaron provided further detail on the alleged road rage incident, “[The witnesses] said the driver swerved back, gave them a dirty look and got behind them and was behind them at the intersection of Franklin and Battery, they said the white SUV was revving its engine behind them,” Aaron said. “Then the White SUV accelerated away at a high rate of speed. They paused a few moments, continued traveling on Battery Lane and came upon the crash.”
Two Belmont University students reported a similar encounter with Bironas Saturday night, the Tennessean said in a separate report. The students allege that the former NFL player threatened to kill them and tried to sideswipe their pickup truck.
Connor Fraley, 20, said the altercation began when he and his friends attempted to warn Bironas of a strange smell emanating from his car’s exhaust. “His window was down, and we pulled up and I said, ‘Hey man, just a heads up, something’s burning from your exhaust. Your exhaust smells horrible, just wanted to let you know,” Fraley told the newspaper. “He looked over at me and said, ‘I’m going to kill everybody in your (expletive) vehicle.’ It was so random, so bizarre I was like ‘What?’ and he said the exact same thing.”
He allegedly followed the students down the road. They tried to drive away, but Bironas sped up to catch them. “He tried to sideswipe the vehicle and missed us by a foot,” Fraley said. "... We had no idea who he was and why he was trying to harm us."
"I am not trying to soil this guy's reputation or his legacy. I know this community thinks very fondly of him. I am just being honest, and I'm trying to get this off my chest. He tried to kill us. He told us he was going to try and kill us,'' Fraley added.
Bironas, 36, lost control of his SUV and crashed into a drainage ditch, according to reports. Police said they didn't find alcohol at the scene. An autopsy was scheduled to be performed Monday, but it could be several weeks before toxicology reports are available.
Police believe that Bironas’ accident occurred around 11 p.m. Saturday. Shortly before the crash, Bradshaw called authorities to report him missing. She told police that Bironas told her “goodnight” around 10:30 p.m., but he wasn't in bed when she went to check on him a few minutes later. After consulting with relatives, Bradshaw called the police.
A Metro police spokesman said Monday the investigation into the events surrounding Bironas' fatal car accident is "ongoing."