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Suspected Tennessee hit-and-run driver taken into custody

Tennessee police have recently detained a man who fled the scene of an accident that killed a 41-year-old motorcyclist. The fatal accident occurred in August 2013, but police did not locate the driver until March 2014.

The motorcyclist died at the scene of the accident after a black SUV struck him at the intersection of Elm Street and Lane Parkway-Colorado Boulevard on Aug. 31, 2013. The driver of the SUV did not stop and continued to drive on Old Nashville Dirt Road. A witness attempted to follow the SUV but was unable to do so when the SUV driver reached a dangerous speed. However, the witness was able to provide police with a partial license plate number.

Sources say the police located the vehicle in September 2013 in Murfreesboro. However, the SUV appeared to have been abandoned in a cul-de-sac near Player Drive and Southridge Boulevard. Approximately seven months after the fatal motorcycle accident, police located the driver and took him into custody on March 17. Officials have charged him with vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of an accident involving death.

Motorcyclists may be more vulnerable to catastrophic and fatal injuries since they do not have the benefit of safety systems and features like seat belts. When a motorcyclist is killed in an accident because of another driver's reckless or negligent actions, the family may be eligible to file a wrongful death claim in order to recover certain economic and non-economic damages. For instance, the family may be able to receive compensation for funeral and burial expenses, lost wages, and loss of companionship.

Source: WAVE3 News, 'Suspect arrested in Shelbyville hit-and-run," Kara Apel, March 18, 2014

Source: WGNS, "Rutherford County man arrested for fatal hit and run motorcycle accident", March 20, 2014

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