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Driver arrested in fatal Columbia hit-and-run crash

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COLUMBIA, TN (WSMV) -

Authorities in Maury County say a man has surrendered after he allegedly struck and killed a pedestrian in Columbia early Wednesday morning.

Jason Michael Strickland, 22, is accused of hitting Benito Fuentez, 62, on Campbellsville Pike near Edge Park Court and driving away.

Police tell Channel 4 Fuentez lived about a mile from where he was found, and typically walked to work about two miles from the scene.

The man usually left his house at 3 a.m. and police believe he was struck sometime between 3 and 4 a.m.

Investigators say a driver spotted Fuentez along the side of the road just before 7 a.m.

Neighbors say the road, with a posted speed limit of 35 mph, often attracts speeding drivers.

Strickland is charged with reckless vehicular homicide, leaving the scene of a fatality accident and failure to stop and render aid.

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