Worker killed trying to fix broken down semi on I-24 West

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Posted at 9:35 PM, Oct 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-04 12:26:45-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The person who was hit and killed on Interstate 24 has been identified as 38-year-old mechanic, Michael Lindsey.

The hit-and-run crash happened Thursday night just past Old Hickory Boulevard on I-24 West in Whites Creek while Lindsey was trying to repair a semi-truck that had broken down.

Metro Nashville Police officials say a second mechanic responded at 8:15 p.m. to assist tractor-trailer driver, Louis Hooks, who was broken down, when the driver of a second semi pulled up behind him. The second mechanic, Doug Sanders, had left the scene to make a purchase. Sanders and Lindsey had determined the issue was a bad tire valve.

When Sanders returned, he found Lindsey deceased with his tools nearby.

Hooks told authorities he saw the unidentified driver standing outside of the second semi truck but did not speak with him. Sanders told investigators the unidentified driver told him he had to stop due to a mandatory break.

Police believe Lindsey was struck when the second semi drove away and did not know Lindsey was there.

The semi truck is described as a red Volvo with a white trailer with a logo on the back. The driver is described as a white man in his 50s with long sandy brown hair and a thin build. He is approximately 5'10" and wearing a white t-shirt.

Anyone with information on this crash should contact the Department of Emergency Communications at 615-862-8600.