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Vehicular Homicide, Assault Charges Dismissed In Crash

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Alexis Lopez-Rodriguez Alexis Lopez-Rodriguez
Kevin Bautista Kevin Bautista

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A judge has dismissed vehicular homicide and vehicular assault charges against a man accused of striking three teenagers with his car, killing one.

Alexis Lopez-Rodriguez, 20, was in court for his preliminary hearing Thursday. A judge said there was not sufficient evidence to keep the charges against him since a blood test taken from him found there was no trace of alcohol in his system. However, there was no word yet on whether his blood tested positive for anything else, such as drugs.

The charge of leaving the scene of an accident involving a death was bound over to the grand jury. Prosecutors could present new evidence at the grand jury to reinstate the dismissed charges.

The vehicular homicide and assault charges came after a DUI officer thought he smelled alcohol while Rodriguez was at the hospital following the crash. Police said Rodriguez was driving down Tusculum Road on January 28 when his car jumped the curb, and hit three teens who were on a sidewalk in front of his home.

Kevin Bautista, 15, died in the crash. His brother, 14-year-old Jonathan Bautista, and their cousin, 16-year-old Rene Mendez, Jr., were both hurt. They were treated Vanderbilt Medical Center.

Police said Lopez-Rodriguez got out of his car, went home and had his father drive him to Southern Hills Medical Center. He did not stop help the teenagers and did not call police.

A neighbor called police about the crash.

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