After Elderly Man’s Death, Antioch Residents Raise Drag Racing Concerns

ANTIOCH, TN — An 87-year-old man died last week when his car was hit by an apparent drag racer on Antioch Pike and area residents are wondering what can be done to curb illegal street racing.

Around 7 p.m. July 31, Kevin Carcamo-Rodriguez, 20, of Lutie Street, was traveling west on Antioch Pike in a 2014 Nissan 370 when he hit James Bryan’s Buick sedan which had just turned to travel east on Antioch Pike. Bryan was pinned inside his car and had to be extricated by the Nashville Fire Department. Though he was conscious at the scene, he died later at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

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Metro Police issued Carcamo-Rodriguez a state citation for speeding and drag racing, but that citation is being held in abeyance while prosecutors determine if they’ll seek criminal charges.

John Gough, who lives near the site of the deadly crash, says drag racing is a common occurrence along the stretch of Antioch Pike.

“Every day, every day maybe six, seven times a day, you’ll hear someone come tearing down the street,” he told NewsChannel 5.

Area residents have pushed for years for some kind of speed control devices or increased patrols for the stretch of Antioch Pike that goes nearly two miles without any significant curves.

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