Suspect Arrested After Deadly Hit and Run

Knoxville (WVLT) - A man is facing multiple charges after police say he caused an accident that killed a Knoxville man.

Officers say the crash happened at about 4:45 p.m. Saturday on I-140 Westbound just east of Northshore Drive.

They say 20 year-old Gabriel Cordova De La Rosa was driving his Chevy Blazer at a high rate of speed when he hit a Kia.

The impact forced the Kia off the road, it flipped several times and came to a rest 70 yards from the road.

Paramedics took the driver, 32 year-old Justin Smith of Knoxville, to U.T. Medical Center, where he later died.

Police say De La Rosa left the scene of the accident but was later detained by a concerned citizen.

De La Rosa is now at the Knox County Detention Center facing eight charges including vehicular homicide, drunk driving, and failure to render aid.


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