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Nashville police find truck linked to hit-and-run at Smokin Thighs

Ten days after restaurant owner Matthew Carney was hit by a car and left lying in the parking lot of his restaurant, Smokin Thighs, with severe chest and head injuries and brain swelling, police believe they have found the vehicle associated with the incident.

The gray and silver 2001 to 2004 Nissan Frontier that Carney is believed to have been driving was found after a Midtown Hills Precinct officer spotted it in the parking lot of the LaQuinta Inn on Sidco Drive, a news release said.

It was not immediately clear when the vehicle was found on Saturday.

According to police, the truck was mostly painted with spray paint and had a temporary license plate.

The investigators confiscated the vehicle.

Carney, 42, remains in critical condition at Vanderbilt University Medical Center after being hit in the rear parking lot of his restaurant on Wedgewood Ave. around 6 p.m. on June 19.

Due to his health condition, police were unable to question Carney.

The truck came from behind the restaurant at high speed.

Carney was then thrown from the vehicle onto the sidewalk on Wedgewood Avenue before the driver fled the scene and presumably turned right onto Bransford Avenue, police said.

Carney’s vehicle was found parked behind the restaurant with the door open and the engine running.

Investigators have not yet been able to determine what happened between Carney and the unknown driver in the rear parking lot.

In the days that followed, local business leaders offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to the driver’s identification and arrest, with additional funds going toward paying Carney’s medical bills.

More: Nashville businesses collect $10,000 reward after Smokin Thighs owner seriously injured in hit-and-run accident

As of June 29, more than $33,000 had been raised on GoFundMe.

The investigations are still ongoing.

Police are asking anyone with information about the driver or the truck to call Nashville Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463.

Katie Nixon can be reached at [email protected].

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