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Man Charged With Vehicular Homicide In Death Of Pedestrian, Dog

Man Charged With Vehicular Homicide In Death Of Pedestrian, Dog

CREATED Jun 21, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The driver who police said hit and killed a pedestrian and his dog in east Nashville was been arrested and charged with vehicular homicide.

Officials with the Metro Nashville Police Department said 62-year-old Jerry Dailey was crossing the street near the intersection of Litton Avenue and Gallatin Pike when he was struck by a car.

The car was driven by 25-year-old Agustin Soto, Jr. Investigators said Soto was driving northbound when he hit both Dailey and the dog.

Dailey was transported to the hospital where he died from his injuries. The dog didn’t make it, either.

Soto told officers he didn't see Dailey in the road until the moment of impact. He didn't leave the scene after the crash, but officers said he appeared to be intoxicated and smelled like marijuana. They said he was unsteady on his feet and had red, watery eyes. A blood sample was drawn at the hospital before Soto was booked into jail.

Soto was arrested and charged with vehicular homicide by intoxication and driving on a revoked license.

Police said there was evidence at the scene that Dailey had also been drinking.

Dailey’s friends said he was homeless but was turning his life around. He was more than 100 feet away from the nearest crosswalk when he was hit.