Fatal crash Investigator Russell Ward Tuesday night arrested the suspected driver from the May 9th hit and run collision on Myatt Drive near Spring Branch Road in Madison that killed pedestrian Jennifer Lee Hayward, 47, who was homeless.
Officer Ward located Gregorio Juarez Morente, 48, at his Bridgeway Avenue home last night. Morente admitted that he was driving the 2002 Chevrolet Venture minivan that struck Hayward. After the collision, Morente abandoned the minivan in a Gallatin Pike parking lot where it was recovered the same night. The minivan, which sustained damage consistent with striking Hayward, had been cleaned out and the license plate removed. Morente reported that Hayward stepped out in front of the vehicle and, after she was struck, he became frightened and drove off.
Morente is charged with leaving the scene of a fatal crash, failure to render aid, driving on a suspended license, and driving without insurance. He remains jailed in lieu of $10,000 bond.