Metro Police have identified the victim in a fatal crash Monday morning near the Interstate40/Interstate 24 westbound interchange near downtown Nashville.
Robert J. Ridley, 45, of Jasper, Tenn., crashed into two vehicles before striking a concrete overpass wall, police said. He was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he died.
Ridley was driving a 2008 Ford F-150 westbound on the I-24 ramp to I-40 West when he struck a 2007 Pontiac G6 from behind at 9:30 a.m.
The driver of the Pontiac, Whitney Hawkins, 23, of Nashville, told police Ridley sped off after the collision. Moments later, he crashed into the back of a Buick LeSabre traveling westbound on I-40.
Ridley lost control of his pickup and struck an overpass wall. The Buick spun clockwise across two lanes of traffic before coming to a stop.
The driver of the Buick, Juanita Bills, 74, of Murfreesboro, and her passenger, Marion Gilmore, 78, of Smyrna, were both transported to Baptist Hospital with minor injuries, police said. They were wearing their seatbelts.
Ridley’s reckless driving, for reasons unknown at this time, appears to be the contributing factor to this fatal crash, police said.