Driver charged after man, dog killed in east Nashville roadway

Driver charged after man, dog killed in east Nashville roadway (Image 1)

A man was struck and killed in east Nashville as he was walking across the road with his dog.

The accident happened just before Midnight Friday night.

Police said 25-year-old Augustin Soto, Jr. was driving north on Gallatin Avenue at Litton Avenue when he hit Jerry Dailey, 62, and his small dog.

Soto told officers he did not see the victim until the moment of impact.

According to a press release, Dailey was more than 100 feet away from the nearest crosswalk when he was hit. Officials said there was evidence that he had been drinking alcohol prior to the accident.

The dog was pronounced dead at the scene and Dailey was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in critical condition. He died from his injuries around 3 a.m.

Police said Soto appeared to be under the influence when they arrived to the crash scene.

He reportedly had bloodshot eyes, was unsteady on his feet, and also had a rancid odor coming from his breath that smelled slightly of marijuana.

Soto was taken to Nashville General Hospital to have his blood drawn prior to being booked into the Metro jail on $50,000 bond.

He has been charged with vehicular homicide by intoxication and driving on a revoked license.

The investigation into the collision is ongoing.

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