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Motorcyclist killed in Antioch after collision with SUV

Posted at 6:19 AM, May 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-27 15:13:23-04

ANTIOCH, Tenn. (WTVF)  — A 22-year-old motorcyclist was killed late Sunday night in a collision in Antioch.

The incident happened around 10:15 p.m. on Murfreesboro Road near Hobson Pike.

Officials with Metro Nashville police said Jacob Mathis, of Fairview, was traveling southbound when he collided with a Ford Edge – driven by 36-year-old Gilberto Diaz, of Nashville – that was turning left on a yellow light.

Mathis was thrown from the motorcycle. Witnesses told police he was struck by a second vehicle, which was described as a Ford Ranger pickup truck, that did not stop.

Mathis was rushed to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. Diaz went to Southern Hills Medical Center for minor injuries.

Diaz admitted to having three beers during the day, but had stopped drinking at 4 p.m. Officers said he showed no signs of impairment, but they did take a blood sample.

He was charged with driving without a license and failure to provide proof of insurance. Police said the cause of the crash appears to be failure to yield on the part of Diaz.

Additional charges are pending the results of the alcohol/drug analysis.

Anyone with information about the driver of the Ford pickup truck was asked to contact the Emergency Communications Center at 615-862-8600.