Belle Meade PD searching for elusive hit-and-run suspect

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Police looking for hit and run driver who ran from scene

Belle Meade police are on the lookout tonight for a hit and run driver who almost flipped a senior citizen upside down and then ran from the scene of the crime.

At this time, the identity of the hit and run driver is not known — not to the police, and apparently, not to the guys riding in the car at the time of the crash, or the man who lent the suspected driver his vehicle.

It all started Tuesday around 5:45 p.m. — that’s when Belle Meade traffic cameras capture the wreck. The video shows a black Honda Civic making a left off Jackson Blvd. onto Harding Pike.

Suddenly, the black car collides with a Buick Enclave, literally lifting the Buick off the asphalt. The 72-year-old driver of the Buick describes what this moment is like.

The victim, who wishes to remain anonymous, says, “I went about three-and-a-half feet in the air, I thought I was going to turn over. Somehow it hit back down on the ground, thank the lord.”

Before the dust settles, the suspected driver is caught on camera sprinting away from the crash 

“We have three individuals — none of whom have a license — and an owner [who] gave a car to someone knowing that they didn’t have a license, knowing it was uninsured,” explained Belle Meade officer David Wright.

According to Off. Wright, the two other passengers in the black Honda Civic
both claim they do not know who the driver is. Wright says he doesn’t believe them. 

The officer told News 2, all three occupants of the black car are Mexican Nationals who were working as stone masons at a home a few blocks away on Jackson Blvd.

News 2’s Andy Cordan visited the work site looking for answers

Ciro Ramirez, the worksite boss, admits he hired the suspected driver as a day hire and then lent the man his car to drive — even though, he says, he doesn’t know the man’s name and he has no insurance for the Honda Civic, a car that he doesn’t really own because of title issues. 

“I let him borrow it because he said he had no vehicle,” Ramirez explained. “I said, ‘okay, use this but be careful.'”

According to Ramirez, the other two day workers who were in his car do not know who the driver of the car is either. He told News 2 he has no idea who the man is that police are seeking.

Cordan asked the man if this is a common problem he experiences, hiring people for the day without knowing much about them. 

“I would not say it’s that,” Ramirez responded. “People have their own demons — their own issues.”

And, to the man who is now on the run, Ramirez said: “Think about what you did. You could have seriously injured someone and did the wrong thing.”

The good news: nobody was hurt. The bad news is there’s still a guy wanted by police in the crash. So far, Belle Meade police are still investigating but have not charged anyone. 

“I still believe they 100% know who was driving the car,” Officer Wright said after viewing News 2’s interviews.  

It turns out the boss we spoke with doesn’t technically own the car he lent out and was later involved in the crash because of title issues — meaning, meaning the car technically belongs to someone else. 

So for now, the black civic has been impounded until the title issue can be straightened out. 

If you know the identity or whereabouts of the suspect shown in the video, contact Belle Meade Police. 

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