18-Year-Old Charged with Vehicular Homicide for Collision that Killed Motorcyclist

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Manuel Rivas-Castaneda
Manuel Rivas-Castaneda

The motorcyclist killed at 6:15 Sunday morning July 25, 2021 when a pickup truck pulled into his path on Murfreesboro Pike at Glengarry Drive is identified as a 39-year-old Antioch man. Efforts to locate his family have been unsuccessful thus far.

The pickup truck driver, who left the scene of the collision but called in a short time later from his apartment complex on Winthorne Drive, is identified as Manuel Rivas-Castaneda, 18. He was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for treatment of non-critical injuries. Rivas-Castaneda smelled of alcohol and admitted to drinking at a party prior to the crash. He was arrested this afternoon upon his release from the hospital and is charged with vehicular homicide by intoxication, leaving the scene of a crash involving death, failure to render aid, and driving without a license. Rivas-Castaneda is being held in lieu of $108,000 bond.

The investigation into the crash shows that the victim was riding his 2014 Harley Davidson motorcycle outbound on Murfreesboro Pike; Rivas-Castaneda was traveling inbound in a 2006 GMC Sierra pickup truck. The GMC made a left turn to proceed onto Glengarry Drive. The motorcycle collided into the side of the pickup truck. The victim died shortly after arriving at Vanderbilt.

A passenger riding with Rivas-Castaneda was not critically hurt.

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