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Tennessee dad, 32, killed after walking along busy interstate to try and find his child’s toy


Tennessee dad, 32, is killed after walking along busy interstate to try and find toy his child had hurled out car window earlier that day: Ignored cops’ warning not to go on road

  • Joshua Thomas Taylor, 32, of Nashville, was killed on I-65 near Harding Place 
  • He was reportedly looking for his child’s toy that had been thrown out the window earlier on Thursday 
  • He returned to the area around 9pm but was was unable to find it 
  • The Tennessee Dept. of Transportation’s HELP drivers reportedly approached him and tried to ‘talk to him,’ but he ran away and jumped the barrier 
  • Shortly after, he was struck by a Yukon driver, who was determined ‘not to have displayed any indication of impairment’
  • It is unclear if Taylor was under any type of influence and he was pronounced dead at the scene  

A Tennessee dad was killed after ignoring cops’ warning to not to go on an interstate while he searched for a toy his child hurled out the car window earlier that day. 

Joshua Thomas Taylor, 32, of Nashville, was struck by a Yukon driver in the oncoming traffic lane after he jumped the barrier on I-65 near the Harding Place exit on Thursday, the Nashville Metropolitan Police Department said. 

‘[He] was traveling with his family on I-65 south earlier in the evening when his child threw a favorite toy out of the window,’ police said in a statement. 

Taylor returned to the area around 9pm that night to search for the beloved toy, but was unable to find it. He was approached by the Tennessee Department of Transportation HELP drivers, who tried to ‘talk with him.’

He then allegedly ‘ran across the interstate and jumped over the jersey barrier to the northbound side.’ 

He was hit on the northbound side of the I-65 near Harding Place (pictured) after jumping the barrier (left). He was stuck and killed by a Yukon driver, who was determined to not be under any influence and speed was not a factor 

Nashville Police confirmed dad Joshua Thomas Taylor, 32, was killed on I-65 on Thursday after his kid threw a 'favorite' toy out the window and he returned around 9pm to look for it. Tennessee Department of Transportation HELP drivers had approached him and advised not to walk on the road, but he allegedly ignored them took off running across the highway

Nashville Police confirmed dad Joshua Thomas Taylor, 32, was killed on I-65 on Thursday after his kid threw a ‘favorite’ toy out the window and he returned around 9pm to look for it. Tennessee Department of Transportation HELP drivers had approached him and advised not to walk on the road, but he allegedly ignored them took off running across the highway 

It is unclear if he was under any type of influence. Police told DailyMail.com on Monday that they would be determined by the medical examiner’s office. 

However, the Yukon driver, who was not identified, was determined to have ‘not displayed any indication of impairment’ and that speed was not a ‘factor’ in the case. 

The HELP truck drivers reportedly became driving to the opposite side of the highway when they heard the collision and Taylor was pronounced dead at the scene. 

DailyMail.com was unable to contact Taylor’s family. 

Tennesee’s HELP trucks are designed to keep motorists safety and help those in ‘distress.’ They ‘patrol the most heavily traveled freeways in Knoxville, Chattanooga, Nashville, and Memphis.’ 

The trucks are also equipped to help with medical emergencies as well as traffic control. 

Taylor parked his car near the Harding Place exit (pictured) and was searching for the toy

Taylor parked his car near the Harding Place exit (pictured) and was searching for the toy 

Pedestrians deaths increased 20 percent in 2020 with 6,700 people dying and continued to rise during 2021, with 3,441 pedestrians dying in the first half of that year, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association. It is unclear what the total yearly number was.

The Nashville Police Department reminded citizens that it is ‘illegal and inherently dangerous to walk on the interstate.’  

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