SUV involved in hit-and-run (Photo by Shelbyville PD)
SHELBYVILLE, TN (WSMV) -
Investigators have located the vehicle they believe was involved in a fatal hit-and-run early Saturday morning in Shelbyville.
About 2:30 a.m., eyewitnesses reported seeing a man on a Harley Davidson stopped at a red light on Elm Street, at the intersection of Lane Parkway-Colloredo Boulevard. The light turned green, then witnesses say a dark-colored SUV struck the motorcyclist and ran him over.
The deceased is David Brown, 41, of Flat Creek.
Shelbyville police say the driver of the SUV continued northbound on Old Nashville Dirt Road before speeding away and out of sight.
Later, a resident in Rutherford County called sheriff's deputies after spotting an abandoned SUV in a cul-de-sac off Southridge Boulevard and Player Drive. A deputy then alerted Shelbyville police, who had the vehicle - a 1999 Chevrolet Suburban - towed to Bedford County.
Evidence collected from the vehicle led investigators to believe it is the vehicle involved in the fatal collision in Shelbyville.
Attempts to contact the registered owner of the vehicle have been unsuccessful, police said.
Brown's family is making a passionate plea to the unknown driver.
"Whoever done it, I wish they'd turn themselves in, for us, and for our family, and make the pain go away a little bit. But the pain in my heart will never leave," said Ronnie Presley, the victim's stepfather.
"I just want to know why they left him laying there. Didn't try to help him. That's all I want to know," said Wanda Presley, the victim's mother.
Lt. Trey Clanton is investigating the accident. He said it was a well-lit intersection.
"I'm pretty sure they knew that they hit someone," he said. "This vehicle should have some heavy, extensive, front-end damage and possibly some undercarriage damage, too."
Anyone who has information can contact the Shelbyville Police Department at 931-684-5811. A reward of up to $1,000 is available through the CrimeStoppers program.
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