Reward Offered for Information on Hit-and-Run Driver in Nashville

$10,000 reward for information on driver who critically injured Nashville restaurant owner.

A group of Nashville businessmen is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest or indictment of the driver responsible for critically injuring Matthew Carney, the 42-year-old owner of Smokin Thighs restaurant. The incident occurred in the parking lot of the Wedgewood Avenue business shortly before 6 p.m. last Wednesday.

Carney is currently unconscious at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and has been unable to provide details about the event. Witnesses reported seeing a black pickup truck, believed to be a model from the 1980s to early 2000s, speeding from the rear of the restaurant and entering Wedgewood Avenue. Carney was thrown from the truck onto the pavement. The vehicle then reportedly turned right onto Bransford Avenue and headed outbound. The driver is described as a white man with short hair.

Carney’s own vehicle was found running with the door open in the rear of the restaurant, but it remains unclear what transpired between him and the driver of the black pickup truck.

Anyone with information about the driver or the pickup truck is urged to contact Nashville Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463. Crime Stoppers is offering an additional reward alongside the $10,000 privately funded amount.

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Man Arrested After High-Speed Chase and Robbery

Cornelius Pierce, 49, was apprehended after a high-speed chase involving a stolen vehicle, which began when detectives noticed the stolen car used in a previous robbery. After a chase and failed carjacking attempt, Pierce was injured and taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He was already wanted for the Mapco robbery and has prior charges for assault, theft, and vehicle-related crimes. Upon release from the hospital, he will face new charges.