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Two Charged In Connection With Fatal Motorcycle Crash

Two Charged In Connection With Fatal Motorcycle Crash

CREATED Jun 19, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Two men have been arrested in connection with a motorcycle crash in Bellevue that killed a man in his sixties. The man killed has been identified as 64-year-old William Schmidt from Nashville.

Officials said Schmidt was riding his 2007 Harley Davidson motorcycle eastbound on Highway 70 near Old Hickory Boulevard Thursday around 1 p.m. when a westbound tree service truck turned left in front of him.

The truck was hauling a 19-foot trailer behind it.

Schmidt was unable to avoid the vehicle and struck the trailer. He was ejected from the motorcycle and pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the truck, identified as 35-year-old Sabino Ajualip-Rosales, told officers from the Metro Nashville Police Department he thought he had time to make the turn and clear the street.

Upon further investigation, police determined Ajualip-Rosales did not have a license to operate a motor vehicle. He had been driving the truck as an employee of Raul’s Tree Service.

Officers contacted the business owner, 32-year-old Raul Villeda Cruz. They said Cruz admitted to knowing Ajualip-Rosales didn’t have a license. He reportedly told them he was shorthanded and allowed Ajualip-Rosales to drive anyway.

After consulting with the District Attorney’s office, charges were filed against both men.

Ajualip-Rosales was arrested for driving without a license and failure to exercise due care. He was being held in jail on a $3,500 bond.

Cruz was issued a misdemeanor citation for allowing an unlicensed driver to operate his pickup truck.

Officials said their investigation was still ongoing. It was unclear if the men could face additional charges.