Arrest Made In Fatal Hit-&-Run In South Nashville

Posted at 6:33 AM, Dec 28, 2016

An arrest has been made in a fatal hit-and-run in south Nashville.

The incident happened on Nolensville Pike during the early morning hours of December 18

Officials with Metro Nashville Police said Joan Cortez-Estrella is accused of hitting a woman with his pickup truck and then taking off.

The following day, investigators found the truck matching witnesses’ descriptions on Edmondson Pike.

The vehicle had blood on the grill and significant damage to the front end.

Cortez-Estrella allegedly admitted to hitting the victim. He was charged with driving without a license, failure to provide proof of insurance, leaving the scene of a fatal crash, failure to render aid, and failure to provide immediate notice of a crash to police. 

He was held in lieu of $14,500 bond. 

Police said the victim has not yet been identified, but she is believed to have been homeless. Her fingerprints have been sent to the FBI for further analysis.