Hit-and-run driver who caused Tullahoma wrongful death arrested

Posted By Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge || Apr 27, 2011

Just after midnight on March 26, an unknown driver in a beige or light brown Ford pickup truck caused the wrongful death of a 28-year-old mother of two from Tullahoma, who had been innocently crossing the street. Local police immediately put out the call for information from the public, and it seems that call paid off. The suspected hit-and-run driver, a 47-year-old man also from Tullahoma, was arrested over the weekend.

Not only is the man charged with leaving the scene of a car accident, it appears he was also driving on a suspended or revoked license. He is currently being held in lieu of a $101,500 bond.

According to WTVF-TV NewsChannel 5 Nashville, the suspect was spotted on the night of the fatal pedestrian accident at a sports bar less than a mile from the scene of the crash. Police have also learned that there was a female passenger in the pickup, and she is cooperating fully with the investigation.

NewsChannel 5 also interviewed a man who lives near the suspect's girlfriend in Manchester and saw what he believes was the suspect's truck being taken away by the police from that location. The neighbor described the truck as "a creamish-colored Ford Ranger" and said that a group of uniformed officers and plain-clothed detectives arrived at the girlfriend's residence, searched the mobile home, and eventually towed the truck away.

A wrongful death is one of the most difficult things a family can experience, and grieving for the unexpected loss of a loved one is even more difficult when there are unanswered questions. Hit-and-run accidents leave families reeling -- from loss, from the financial impact of losing a breadwinner, and from the critical need for answers. Hopefully this arrest will help the deceased's friends and loved ones get some of the answers they need.

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