KNOXVILLE (WATE) – A New York man named Jesse Damien Nahalka was hit and killed by a vehicle on I-40 West near Lovell Road. Tennessee Highway Patrol says the man stepped into the roadway in front of a car driving at interstate speeds when he was hit. The driver was unable to stop in time, but immediately pulled over to check on the man.
Tests are underway to determine whether the victim was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The reason he walked into traffic is not known.
Responders were forced to stop traffic to investigate causing major west bound back ups Saturday,