'Car enthusiasts' injured, killed on I-40 remembered

(WBIR-Farragut) "People need to know he's one of the nicest guys I'd ever met," Josh McPherson first said about his friend Josh Hensley, one of three victims in a Sunday accident on I-40 near Cedar Bluff.

Hensley, along with Jake Jennings died after authorities say Francisco Rodriguez, 20, struck them while on the side of the road. Henley's passenger, Brittany Branch, was last listed in critical condition at UT Medical Center.

"There are so many memories, I don't know where to start," McPherson added.

Friends said the three were coming back from a car show. Vehicles were their big passion, especially for Hensley.

"He'd rather be driving that '63 Bug, any day," one of his friends said about Hensley.

"The cars brought us together but the people really we all click together-- it's like a big family," McPherson added.

Hoping to remember the two victims and pray for Branch, McPherson and crew are organizing a car show for families' support.

"Valley Vapors, the guys here are hosting a charity car meet. All the donations will go to Josh's family, Brittany's family, and Jake's family," McPherson said.

The event is slated for 7:00 at Valley Vapors' Farragut location.

Suspect Rodriguez faces two counts of vehicular homicide and one count of vehicular assault. KPD said the suspect was driving without a license and wasn't carrying insurance. It's unclear why Rodriguez lost control of his car.


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