2 TSU students killed in South Nashville crash, suspect still sought

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) –Metro police have identified two people killed in a crash in South Nashville Thursday night. Investigators are still working to locate a man whose pickup truck was involved in the wreck.

The crash happened near the intersection of Nolensville Pike and Harding place just after 7:30 p.m.

Metro police said 26-year-old David Torres’ 2011 GMC pickup truck collided with a 2015 Nissan Sentra as the Nissan was attempting to cross Nolensville Pike from west to east from the parking lot of the U.S. Bank to the Walmart.

The GMC, which was traveling north on Nolensville Pike, hit the passenger side of the Sentra, and sent it off the east side of the roadway, through a fence and into a tree on Wal-Mart property, according to Metro police.

David Torres Nolensville Pike double fatal crash
(Courtesy: Janet Burch)

Witnesses told investigators that prior to the crash, the GMC was speeding and ran the red light at the intersection of Nolensville Pike and Harding Place.

Two people inside the Sentra died after the crash. The driver has been identified as Vybhav Gopisetty, 26, an international student at Tennessee State University.  Investigators said he died shortly after arriving at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Police said his family in India has been notified.

His 23-year-old passenger, Judy Stanley Pinheiro, died at the scene. Both were wearing seatbelts.

Tennessee State University released a statement confirming the two victims were students:

The Tennessee State University family is mourning the loss of two TSU students killed in an auto accident Thanksgiving night. Judy Stanley, 23, and Vybhav Gopisetty, 26, were both graduate students from India pursuing food science degrees in the College of Agriculture. Stanley was seeking a master’s, and Gopisetty a doctorate.

Authorities say the fatalities were the result of an apparent hit-and-run accident in south Nashville. Metro Nashville Police are looking for the driver of the GMC pickup truck that hit the students’ Nissan Sentra at the intersection of Nolensville Pike and Harding Place. Anyone with information is asked to call 615-862-8600 or 74-CRIME. 

As we head into the holiday season, please let’s keep the families of the two students in our thoughts and prayers. 

Lucas Johnson, TSU Office of Media Relations

Anyone seeing David G. Torres, who is last known to have lived on Cedarmont Drive in South Nashville, is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463.

This is a developing story. Stay with News 2 on-air and online for updates.

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