Nashville Police Arrest Fatal DUI Hit-and-Run Suspect
Police in Nashville arrested a suspected drunk driver who allegedly struck and killed a man in Hermitage late Monday night. The deadly accident happened at the intersection of Old Hickory Boulevard and Central Pike shortly before 11 p.m. last night.
According to the police, the victim was walking outside of a crosswalk in a dimly lit area. 24-year-old Christopher Skirvin allegedly struck the victim and fled the scene. He has been charged with DUI, leaving the scene of a fatal crash, driving on a revoked license, and failure to render aid.
Skirvin’s father arrived at the scene about two hours after the crash and encouraged his son to come back. Skirvin allegedly admitted to having hit something without stopping. He also admitted to having drunk three beers earlier that day. One officer claimed to smell alcohol on Skirvin’s breath and said that he had bloodshot eyes.
The victim has been identified as 50-year-old Dwight Daniels. He was rushed to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
Legal Recourse For DUI Crash Victims in Tennessee
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of CrimeVictim.Attorney helps drunk driving victims and their families recover financial compensation for emotional and financial damages suffered due to drunk driving crashes. We’ve asked him to add some information on the legal options available to these victims and families in Tennessee:
In Tennessee and all other states, drunk driving victims and their families may have grounds for legal action directly against the drunk driver. Those who have been injured can file personal injury lawsuits, while the families of those killed in DUI crashes may have the right to file wrongful death lawsuits.
Additionally, Tennessee is one of many states that allow third parties to be held liable for alcohol-related accidents, depending on certain conditions. These third-party lawsuits are known as dram shop lawsuits for claims against alcohol vendors who provided alcohol to the drunk driver, and social host lawsuits for claims against hosts of parties and other gatherings.
Drunk driving victims in Tennessee can file dram shop lawsuits against alcohol vendors for selling alcohol to an intoxicated person if that person was either under 21 years old or visibly intoxicated at the time of the sale, and this sale was a direct cause of injury.
If you or a loved one has recently been hit by a drunk driver, you can better understand your family’s legal options by speaking to an experienced DUI victims lawyer.