Police Searching for Trucker After Break Down Leads to Mechanic’s Death

Nashville, TN – Nashville police are searching for a semi-truck and a trucker they believe are connected to a fatal hit-and-run accident that occurred on Interstate 24 Thursday evening.

According to the Metro Police Nashville (MPN), trucker Louis Hooks broke down on the right shoulder of the westbound lanes of I-24 Thursday evening near Joelton (just north of Nashville) and called a local mechanic for help.

Around 8:15 p.m., 38-year-old mechanic Michael Lindsey of Whites Creek, along with a second mechanic, Doug Sanders, arrived on-scene to assist Hooks.

Lindsey and Sanders diagnosed the truck’s issue as a bad tire valve.


MPN said around the time the mechanics pinpointed the problem, a second semi-truck — a red Volvo — pulled up behind Hooks’s broken down semi.

According to Sanders, the driver of the red Volvo exited the truck and told him he was stopped due to a “mandatory break.”

Sanders then left the scene to go get the necessary parts to fix the truck, leaving Hooks, Lindsey, and the driver of the red Volvo on the side of the interstate.

MPN said when Sanders returned, he found Lindsey deceased at the scene with his tools nearby.

While the incident remains under investigation, it is believed the driver of the red Volvo struck Lindsey as the driver was pulling back onto the roadway.

MPN believes the driver of the Volvo was unaware that Lindsey was present at the scene.

Hooks reportedly told police that while he saw the driver of the Volvo standing outside of his truck, the two drivers did not speak.


Hooks stated he saw the red Volvo pull away a short time later.

Police are asking anyone with information regarding the unidentified driver in the red Volvo to contact the Department of Emergency Communications at (615) 862-8600.

The driver is described as a white male in his 50s with long sandy brown hair and a thin build.

He is estimated to be approximately 5’10” and was wearing a white t-shirt at the time of the incident.

The truck he was driving was a red Volvo semi pulling a white trailer with a logo on the back.

This is a developing story.

Transportation Nation Network will continue to keep you updated as new information becomes available.



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