Police: Man charged in ‘intentional’ East Nashville hit-and-run

(Mug: Metro Nashville Police Department)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A 47-year-old man was charged with criminal homicide in what police described as an “intentional” hit-and-run in East Nashville.

It happened around 5 p.m. Sunday near the Trinity Lane Market at the corner of East Trinity Lane and Meridian Street.

According to police, the investigation shows the victim, Barry Lafferty, and another man, identified as Juan Carahza, got into a physical fight inside the store.

Carahza, 50, reportedly left the market in a black pickup truck and called a man named Jose Francisco Aguilar to tell him he had been assaulted.

Metro police said Aguilar then went to the market looking for the man who had assaulted Carahza. He was seen leaving the store in a dark four-door sedan.

During this time, Lafferty was reportedly physically assaulted by three men at the intersection of Edwin and Meridian streets before he continued to walk down Meridian.

Barry Lafferty (Courtesy: Metro-Nashville Police Department)

According to police, he was hit a short time later by the driver of a dark-colored sedan, who left the scene immediately after.

Lafferty was taken to TriStar Skyline Medical Center where he died.

Metro police said Aguilar was later found, and he allegedly admitted to driving the car that hit Lafferty. Witnesses said he was traveling at a high rate of speed and crossed the double yellow line before the collision.

Detectives are now searching for the suspect vehicle, a four-door purple/maroon Honda Accord. Aguilar told police he parked the car in the area of Gatewood Avenue and Dickerson Pike, but the car was not found.

The Honda has front end damage on the driver’s side. Anyone with information on its whereabouts is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 615-74-CRIME.

Aguilar is charged with criminal homicide and is being held in lieu of a $500,000 bond. The Davidson County Sheriff’s Office is holding Aguilar per further investigation by immigration officials.