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Friend remembers man killed in hit-and-run crash on I-40

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The fatal hit-and-run happened on I-40 West near the airport on Monday. (WSMV) The fatal hit-and-run happened on I-40 West near the airport on Monday. (WSMV)
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Metro police continue searching for a driver responsible for a deadly hit-and-run.

Alvaro Bartlett was killed on Interstate 40 West near Nashville International Airport Monday afternoon when police said a truck hit him and kept going.

"He was very positive, very uplifting, very funny and outgoing," said Amy Cornell of San Antonio, TX, speaking to Channel 4 by Skype. "He always had a way to make you laugh."

Cornell said she first met Bartlett at a family event years ago during a time her aunt was fostering him.

"He introduced himself to us," she remembered. "He was like, 'Hey, what's up? I'm Bubba,' and that's what we always called him, Bubba. It fit his personality so well."

Cornell said it didn't take long for Bartlett to feel like part of the family.

Monday around 2 p.m., Metro police said Bartlett was riding on I-40 West near the airport when his mother said she heard something fall off the car. Police said she pulled over, and Bartlett got out to inspect when he was hit by a yellow pickup truck with gray primer spots. The truck never stopped.

"I don't know how somebody could hit somebody and not render aid or not have any type of conscience, I guess, to stop and help or check if he was okay," Cornell said.

Bartlett was rushed to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead.

"It's just very shocking that someone could just do that," Cornell continued. "They don't care."

The crime remaining unsolved is what's so hard for Cornell. A message on her Facebook is dedicated to Bartlett. It reads, "You were a best friend, so truly fun. I can't believe you're gone. I know you're in a better place. Rest in peace, Bubba. We love you and miss you, bro."

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