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Daniel R. Kostyk

Daniel's Story


DOD: September 19, 2016



How he Was Lost

Daniel Rodriguez Kostyk, of LaVergne, was killed just after midnight on September 19, 2016 after he was struck by a tractor-trailer on I-40 West/I-65 South near the Dr. D.B. Todd Boulevard overpass. Prior to the fatal crash, Kostyk, 21, was driving his 2007 Hyundai Elantra south on I-65 when he struck the center concrete barrier at the I-40 overpass. According to witnesses, he got out of his vehicle, which came to rest in the first lane of I-65, and walked to where the I-40 west overpass connects with I-65 South and sat down on the interstate. A tractor-trailer traveling west on I-40 struck Kostyk. The driver did not stop and continued westbound on I-40. It is unclear whether the driver of the tractor-trailer was aware that he had struck Kostyk.