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Deceased identified in Wednesday's I-40 hit & run

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Services were held Tuesday morning, Aug. 31 at the Priest Lake Community Baptist Church, 3325 Anderson Road, Antioch. Survivors include: wife Arlesia Darlene Frelix; children Gabrielle Adlean Frelix, Harold James Frelix, III and Jeremy Laurence Frelix; father Pastor Harold James Frelix, Sr., mother Iola Lyons stepmother Frances Frelix; sisters Robin (Wesley) Thomas, Frances (Gbewa) Mustapha; brother Brian (Kim) Frelix; aunt Marion Williams; uncles Clifford (Terri) Frelix, William (Willow) Frelix, Stanley (Aurora) Frelix, Johnny (Judy) Frelix, Charles (Jeanette) Frelix; nieces, nephews and a host of other cousins, relatives and friends.

Two agencies – Tennessee Highway Patrol and Mt. Juliet Police Department – were still seeking information regarding the incident.

Although authorities are still seeking information about what happened, what is known is that two vehicles crashed on I-40 shortly before 6 a.m., Wednesday, as the drivers of the vehicles swerved to avoid striking what they first thought was a deer in the roadway 

MJPD, which is investigating the two vehicle crashes, was called to the scene. The officer who responded found that what the drivers swerved to avoid hitting was not a deer, but rather the remains of a human.

“The remains of an adult male apparently caused two crashes in which vehicles ran off the interstate at approximately 5:42 a.m.,” said Mike Browning, spokesperson for the Tennessee Department of Safety.

THP is investigating the possible hit and run fatality at the request of the MJPD.

“Anyone with information about the initial incident that may have occurred sometime between 3:30 and 5:15 a.m. is urged to contact the Tennessee Highway Patrol at (615) 741-2060,” Browning added.

Sports Editor Tommy Bryan contributed to this article which initially appeared at He may be contacted at  Editor Jennifer Horton may be contacted at

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