Hit-and-run driver sought in deadly, fiery crash on I-65

Three NB lanes still blocked
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Posted at 6:13 AM, Feb 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-11 22:04:35-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Metro police said they’re looking for a hit-and-run driver in connection with Thursday morning’s deadly, fiery crash on Interstate 65.

The three-vehicle crash happened around 6 a.m. in northbound lanes near Old Hickory Boulevard in Madison.

Police said the driver of a Toyota Camry told them he was struck by the driver of a full-size white pickup truck, which left his car disabled in the middle of the interstate. Police said he got out and ran to the shoulder.

A short time later, a tractor-trailer struck the car, overturned and caught fire. Police said the semi driver – identified as 54-year-old Archie Lee Lester, of Little Rock, Arkansas – died at the scene.

Police said the driver of the white pickup truck did not stop. The truck should have front end damage.

Anyone with information about the driver or the hit-and-run vehicle was asked to call Crime Stoppers at 74-CRIME (615-742-7463) or visit Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and qualify for an additional cash reward of up to $1,000.

Three northbound lanes of I-65 have since reopened.