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Published on April 15, 2024
Manhunt in Nashville for Suspect Charged with Vehicular Homicide Following Fatal November CrashSource: Metropolitan Nashville Police Department

Authorities are on the hunt for Nicolas Abdul-Wali, 27, who is wanted on a vehicular homicide charge after a crash last November that left one man dead, officials say. The Nashville Police Department reported that Abdul-Wali is accused of recklessly driving his Dodge Journey at speeds topping 70 mph when he collided with 60-year-old Miguel Sanchez Lara's Nissan Sentra on Murfreesboro Pike at Dover Glen Drive.

Lara, who had been exiting an apartment complex, was rushed to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries nine days later. Initially arrested at the scene for driving on a suspended license and having no insurance, Abdul-Wali now faces more serious repercussions after investigators pieced together the calamitous events that led up to the fatal encounter.

In a strategy set to pressure the suspect into compliance, a vehicular homicide by reckless conduct warrant was issued against Abdul-Wali last week. Police gave him a period to surrender voluntarily, an opportunity that has elapsed with no sign of Abdul-Wali, thus escalating the urgency of the manhunt.

The public has been solicited to help locate Abdul-Wali, with Crime Stoppers asking anyone with details about his whereabouts to come forward. A call to 615-742-7463 can be the pivot to justice, the thread that leads law enforcement through the labyrinth of the urban sprawl to bring closure and administer the law.

The metropolitan community, along with Lara's bereaved, watch and wait, hoping for a swift resolution. The full details of the incident can be found on the Nashville government's official website.