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Cyclist left for dead after hit-and-run near Centennial Park

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Jenn McCombs was riding her bicycle when she was hit on Friday. (WSMV) Jenn McCombs was riding her bicycle when she was hit on Friday. (WSMV)
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A hit-and-run near Centennial Park has left a woman bruised with broken bones, and the driver is nowhere to be found.

Jenn McCombs isn’t as worried about her physical wounds as she is about the emotional healing that lies ahead.

After work on Friday, McCombs was riding her bicycle home on Poston Avenue between West End and Centennial Park.

She remembers seeing a gold or tan SUV flying towards her.

“It didn't stop at the stop sign and T-boned me essentially, and that's the last thing I really remember until I was in the ambulance,” said McCombs.

McCombs suffered from bruises, cuts, several broken bones and an open fracture but is recovering well.

“I am in a way thankful it was me and it wasn't a mother pushing a stroller or a Vanderbilt student in her first semester of college,” said McCombs.

The person behind the wheel took off.

“Whoever hit me doesn't know if I am dead or alive,” said McCombs.

But several others rushed to her aid, including Randall Lueck.

“When I saw Jenn on the ground, I thought of my wife and if she were in that situation and absolutely I would want someone to do that for her, to take care of her and let her know that everything is going to be okay,” said Lueck.

McCombs calls him her angel.

“People are generally good,” said McCombs.

McCombs is thinking of him, but also of the person who left her in the middle of the street.

“Whatever he is going through that made him think driving away was the right answer is obviously far worse than what I am going through so I feel sorry for that person,” said McCombs.

She is hoping that person will turn themselves in so she can put the pieces from that day back together and start to heal.

Police say they are working with the Kwik Sak on West End Ave. near Centennial Park to pull surveillance images.

Witnesses describe the driver as a shirtless white man wearing a bandanna.  They also say the man spends time in the area a lot.

Anyone with information about the hit-and-run is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463.

Meanwhile, there has been a recent push to install cameras at Metro Parks.

"Having cameras in the parks is a level of accountability for people. It’s a place where we are supposed to have fun and interact with our families and friends in the community of Nashville and deterring people from doing anything else there by having cameras would definitely be a good thing. Having surveillance cameras could help bring this person to justice,” said McCombs.

Officials say there are cameras around the Parthenon at Centennial Park but nowhere else. They say it’s simply not in the budget to install any more at this time. The price tag of each camera is about $3,000.

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