Man Charged in Connection With Fatal Hit-and-Run in Dickson

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May 13, 2024 – Police charged a Dickson man Tuesday in connection with a fatal hit-and-run accident on Saturday night.

Det. Michael Carter of the Dickson Police Department said Nathaniel E. McReynolds, 46, of the Park at Beasley apartments, faces six charges related to the accident that took place on Beasley Drive near the intersection with Cowan Road.

The state medical examiner confirmed the victim’s identity as Joseph Simms II, 48, of Lincoln Road in White Bluff. Police responded to a welfare check reporting a man lying next to the road around 6:40 am Sunday and discovered Simms deceased. He is believed to have been walking along the road sometime Saturday night when he was struck and killed.

Carter said the investigation into the incident continues and he cannot rule out additional charges being sought.

McReynolds was arrested Sunday, May 12, on an unrelated violation of probation charge and was being held in the Dickson County Jail without bond pending an appearance in Dickson County General Sessions Court.

On Tuesday, Carter obtained and served warrants charging McReynolds with aggravated vehicular homicide, failure to immediately report an accident, causing an accident that resulted in vehicular damage, driving on a revoked license, driving without a driver’s license and driving without an ignition interlock device. The detective said McReynolds’ license is revoked due to a previous DUI conviction and the court required he use an ignition interlock device in order to obtain a driver’s license.

Carter said the investigation into the accident was assisted by a tip from the public and the department is still seeking information from the public. He asks that anybody who might have seen a man walking on Beasley Drive or lying on the south side of the road near the intersection with Cowan Road between 8:00 pm Saturday, May 11, and 8:00 am Sunday, May 12, to contact the department at 615-441-9527 or call the department’s tipline at 615-441-9555.

Carter said the vehicle believed to have struck Simms has been recovered and sent to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Forensic Services Division as part of the investigation.

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Source: City of Dickson

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