KNOXVILLE (WATE) – A woman is dead after a multi-vehicle crash along I-40 east near Papermill Drive, according to Knoxville police.
Officers say a black Nissan Maxima was traveling at a high rate of speed when the Andrea Huerta, 19, lost control of the car. The vehicle then hit a guardrail. Huerta was pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators do not believe she was wearing a seat belt.
The Nissan also hit a gold Ford Taurus that was also traveling east on I-40. The driver of the Taurus, Christian Hernando-Castillo, proceeded to flee the scene on foot and was apprehended a short distance from the crash by Knoxville Police Department officers.
Castillo, 18, was arrested and faces charges for failure to report a crash, no proof of insurance, leaving the scene of an accident involving death and driving without a driver’s license.
He is being held at the Roger D. Wilson Detention Facility.
Three lanes of I-40 were closed through the night while officers investigated the crash. All lanes of the interstate are now back open.
KPD‘s Crash Reconstruction Investigators are continuing to investigate.