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Friends honor men struck in fatal Nashville hit-and-run

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A broken community is planning a passionate tribute after a young man was hit and killed in a drunk driving accident that also left his friend critically injured.

New charges have been filed against the couple who Metro police say were drunk when operating a vehicle that hit the two men on Demonbreun Street last weekend.

One of the victims, Michael Brooksher, died Monday from his injuries, and the other, Tommy Allen, is in a coma.

Now, the victims' friends have come up with a fitting way to honor the men.

Blaring speakers, loud pipes and big trucks united the group of young men into a brotherhood. They call themselves Tennessee Tilt, but they are now gathering to honor their family members.

Allen and Brooksher both had a passion for driving, their friends say.

"A lot of the stuff I've done to my truck, (Brooksher) helped me do. And they're both just incredible guys," friend Dillon Daughtry said.

Early Saturday morning, drunk driving tore their worlds apart. Police arrested Trevor Bradshaw and his girlfriend, Erin Brown, after Bradshaw allegedly hit Allen and Brooksher, then drove away, as the men were walking near Music Row.

"These are good friends, and it's definitely devastated the community. It's not changed two or three lives, it's changed probably thousands of people," friend Sonny Hill said.

In just a few days, the men of Tennessee Tilt organized a benefit car show and cruise-in. Many of them have already added memorial decals to their souped up rides, and the hope is to help Allen's and Brooksher's families in their time of desperation.

"We're with them any way we can help them. I couldn't begin to imagine what they're going through or how they feel," Hill said.

And the friends want to send a very loud and clear message to anyone getting behind the wheel.

"Drinking and driving, it's not a game, it's serious. And a matter of seconds can change people's lives forever, so just think before you do," Hill said.

A benefit will be held at the Louise Martin Memorial Park in Greenbrier on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Donations are also being accepted at any U.S. Bank to the T and B Foundation.

The suspects in the case, Bradshaw and Brown, face charges of vehicular homicide and vehicular assault.

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