Man charged after leaving scene of deadly crash involving motorcycle

A hit-and-run closed Bruhin Road Sunday night, according to officials with the Knoxville Police Department.
Knoxville Police say a motorcyclist was killed after a head-on crash in North Knoxville.
Published: May. 15, 2022 at 8:29 PM EDT|Updated: May. 15, 2022 at 10:35 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - A 25-year-old man has been charged after leaving the scene of a fatal hit-and-run involving a motorcycle Sunday night.

Officers with the Knoxville Police Department closed Bruhin Road between Hiawassee and Breda Road as they responded to a hit-and-run on May 15. A Honda sedan was traveling north on Bruhin Road when it crossed into the southbound lanes and hit a motorcycle, according to KPD Spokesperson Scott Erland.

The motorcyclist was thrown from the bike and pronounced dead at the scene, Erland stated.

The driver of the Honda, later identified as 25-year-old Andres Tomas of Knoxville, ran on foot from the scene following the crash but was located a short time later on Pershing Drive. A police report obtained by WVLT News stated Tomas “made no effort to render aid to the rider of the motorcycle.”

Officers reportedly found an open 12-ounce light beer in his center console and an empty box of model beer in the backseat.

Erland said Tomas had been charged with vehicular homicide, driver intoxication, and leaving the scene of a fatal accident, among other charges. He is currently being held for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials.

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