Driver charged after motorcyclist killed in hit-and-run on I-40 - WKRN News 2

Driver charged after motorcyclist killed in hit-and-run on I-40

Posted: Updated: Nov 11, 2013 08:20 AM CST
Jose Castillo-Calles Jose Castillo-Calles

A man has been charged with vehicular homicide by intoxication following a hit-and-run accident that killed a motorcyclist on Interstate 40 in downtown Nashville.

Police stated Jose Castillo-Calles, 30, was driving a Volkswagen Passat when he struck the motorcyclist at on I-40 near the I-24 interchange just after Midnight on Monday.

The motorcyclist, identified as John Johnson, 48, of Mt. Juliet, was pronounced dead shortly after arriving to Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Police reported Castillo-Calles and Johnson were both traveling east on I-40 when, for unknown reasons, Castillo-Calles struck the motorcycle from behind.

The two vehicles became stuck together before slamming into the guardrail on the right shoulder.

Johnson was thrown off the motorcycle. Castillo-Calles fled on foot.

He was apprehended about an hour later when authorities found him in 700 block of 2nd Avenue South.

Castillo-Calles was not injured in the accident; however, police state he appeared to be intoxicated and performed poorly on field sobriety tasks.

He was charged with vehicular homicide by intoxication and driving without a license.

He is currently being held in lieu of $205,000 bond.

The night court commissioner told News 2 Castillo could face more charges when the case is handed over to a grand jury.

Authorities shut down mile 211 on I-40 east for several hours following the accident.

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