Pedestrian Victim of Early Morning Hit and Run

February 22, 2013
Dwayne Page
Devin French (older photo)

A pedestrian was the victim of a hit and run Friday morning on Short Mountain Highway.

Central dispatch received a call at 2:24 a.m. that a man had been struck by a passing motorist, who failed to stop after the incident.

The victim, 27 year old Devin French was apparently not seriously injured. He complained of leg and arm pain and was taken by DeKalb EMS to the hospital.

Trooper Bobby Johnson of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, who investigated the incident, said that according to French, he had been at his father's home but had left on foot after the two of them got into an argument.

French was walking or standing in the roadway when a vehicle, described by French as a maroon colored SUV, approached him. After hitting French, the vehicle failed to stop and drove off. French, who claims he blacked out after being hit, was found lying in a ditch by a passerby.

Trooper Johnson said mirror glass was found on the highway. It is believed that French may have been sideswiped by a side view mirror on the vehicle as it passed..

According to Trooper Johnson, French had warrants against him from Trousdale County.

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