Fund set up to help family of Columbia hit-and-run victim

Benito Fuentez, 62
Benito Fuentez, 62

COLUMBIA, Tenn. (WKRN) – A fund was created to help the family of Benito Fuentez. The 62-year-old was killed last Wednesday in a hit-and-run in Columbia.

Fuentez’s body was discovered shortly before 7 a.m. in the 2900 block of Campbellsville Pike south of Edge Park Court.

He worked as a groundskeeper at Stoneybrook Golf Course and walked to work each morning down Campbellsville Pike.

According to investigators, Fuentez had left his home that morning around 3 a.m.

Jason Strickland
Jason Strickland

General Manager Rick Saxby, has set up a fund at Heritage Bank for donations for Fuentez’s family.

“He was absolutely the most diligent, hardest working person I’ve probably ever met,” Saxby told Nashville’s News 2. “He was always wanting to be the first one here and the last one to leave. He took upon himself to do tasks that nobody else would do and he did them with great enthusiasm and joy.”

Fuentez leaves behind a wife of 40 years, five grandchildren, seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and a brother.

Donations can be made to Stoneybrook Golf Course to Heritage Bank for deposit in the account “Stoneybrook Golf Course for the Benefit of Bineto Fuentez.”

The driver who allegedly hit Fuentez, 22-year-old Jason Strickland, turned himself in to police several hours after the accident.

He is charged with reckless vehicular homicide, leaving the scene of a fatality accident and failure to stop and render aid after he struck the victim.

Strickland has been jailed in lieu of a $400,000 bond since surrendering.

He has a December 5 hearing to review his bond.

Strickland’s preliminary hearing is set for Dec. 10.

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