A 19-year-old Antioch man was killed Wednesday morning after being struck by a car as he made a morning newspaper route in Mt. Juliet.
James "JB" Buchanan and his brother had run out of gas, so they began walking along East Division Street to the nearest gas station about 6 a.m. when another car, driven by a 62-year-old woman, hit the man.
"With that impact, that force, and how fast she was going, and my brother flying through the air, I knew he was gone," said brother Jeremy Buchanan. "My brother got me out the way, because that car was meant for me."
Jeremy Buchanan said he had invited his 19-year-old brother to help him deliver papers that morning. The brothers were walking in the grass, and not the road as originally reported, Jeremy Buchanan said.
JB was walking behind his brother and using a flashlight app on his phone to let drivers know they were there when he was hit.
"I ran after the car," Jeremy Buchanan said. "Finally, when I caught up to the car, she gets out, and I'm hysterical, and I'm like, 'You killed my brother! You killed my brother.'"
The driver told investigators it was dark and foggy outside, and she didn't see the brothers until it was too late.
But at 6'3" and 370 pounds, wearing a white shirt, Jeremy Buchanan said his baby brother was too big to miss.
"When my brother got hit, there was no fog. There was no fog whatsoever when my brother got hit," Jeremy Buchanan said.
But troopers didn't charge the driver.
Jeremy Buchanan said he agrees with their decision, saying the memory of that morning will likely be its own punishment.
"I feel sorry for her, because for the rest of her life, she has to live with the fact that she killed somebody," Jeremy Buchanan said.
The Buchanan family is still finalizing funeral arrangements.
Having a car breakdown in the dark can be dangerous. AAA recommends keeping these six things in your car at all times: a flashlight with batteries, a cell phone charger, a blanket, snacks, a first aid kit and a bag of sand to use for traction in winter weather.
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