Man Seriously Injured In Nashville Hit-And-Run Crash

Posted at 3:38 AM, Jul 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-11 19:18:49-04

Metro Nashville police investigated a hit-and-run crash that seriously injured a 35-year-old man.

The crash was reported by a witness around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday on Lafayette Street near Charles E. Daniels Boulevard.

The crime scene spanned more than half-a-mile from Interstate 40 to 4th Avenue South. The victim's shoes were found on the ground near the Z Mart not far from 2nd Avenue South.

The victim, later identified as 35-year-old Timothy Brito, was found lying in the roadway near 1st Avenue by officers.

Reports stated he had been crossing Lafayette under the I-40 overpass when he was hit and carried more than 500 yards before falling to the pavement.

Authorities said Brito is homeless. He was rushed to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he was last listed in extremely critical condition.

The driver was identified as 26-year-old Tekleab Bekuretsion.

Authorities said the suspect's vehicle was stopped a short time after the crash on Murfreesboro Pike at Kermit Drive.

According to reports, Bekuretsion appeared to be extremely intoxicated. He was also unaware he had been involved in a wreck.

There was significant front-end damage to his vehicle, as well as fresh blood on the hood, according to officials. They added Bekuretsion had been driving without his headlights on.

He was charged with DUI and leaving the scene of a crash involving serious injury. Bekuretsion was released from jail after posting a $4,500 bond.