Pedestrian Killed In Hit And Run Identified

Posted: 3:57 PM, Sep 19, 2016
Updated: 2016-09-19 16:57:31-04

The pedestrian killed in a hit in a hit and run early Monday morning has been identified as 21-year-old Daniel Rodriguez Kostyk from La Vergne.

Kostyk died after he was hit by a tractor trailer on I-40 West/I-65 South near the Dr. D.B. Todd Boulevard overpass.

Officials with the Metro Nashville Police Department said before the incident Kostyk hit the center concrete barrier with his 2007 Hyundai Elantra south on I-65 at the 1-40 overpass.

According to witnesses, he got out of his vehicle, which came to rest in the first lane of I-65, and walked to where the I-40 west overpass connects with I-65 South and sat down on the interstate.

A tractor-trailer traveling west on I-40 hit Kostyk, but did not stop. It was unclear whether the driver of the tractor-trailer was aware that he had struck Kostyk.

Toxicology testing will be conducted on Kostyk to determine whether alcohol or drugs played a role in this fatal crash.

Police asked anyone with information about the driver of the tractor-trailer to call Hit & Run investigators at 615-862-7713.

Kostyk’s car was later struck by another vehicle traveling south on I-65.  No one was injured in that crash.