Identity released of driver killed in I-24 accident

(Courtesy: iReport2)

ANTIOCH, Tenn. (WKRN) – The identity has been released of the driver who was killed in a crash on Interstate 24 in Antioch.

Police identified the victim as 52-year-old Ronald Acosta of Smyrna.

According to authorities, Acosta was traveling on I-24 East in a 2005 Chevrolet Impala Friday night around 8:30 p.m.

When he was close to the Old Hickory Boulevard exit, he reportedly left his lane and struck the rear of a 2010 Ford Focus that was traveling to the right of him.

Both cars left the roadway and hit a grass embankment and a tree line.

Acosta, who was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown from his car and died on the scene.

The two occupants of the Ford Focus were taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. They were both wearing seat belts.

Officials said they found two open containers of beer and several ounces of marijuana inside Acosta’s car.

Toxicology testing will be done to determine whether he was impaired at the time of the crash.

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