Knoxville man struck by hit-and-run vehicle, later identified by wife at hospital

Don Graham (source: University of Tennessee)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – A Knoxville man was sent to the hospital after he was stuck by a hit-and-run driver early Sunday morning. His identity remained unknown by police, until his wife called area hospital when he failed to show up for their morning run.

Knoxville police officers responded to a report of a man lying in the road near Beverly Park Par 3 Golf Course in the 5200 block of Tazewell Pike on Sunday morning at 4 a.m.

According to the preliminary investigation, Donald R. Graham, 67, of Knoxville, was walking westbound on Tazewell Pike towards Broadway when he was struck by a vehicle traveling in the same direction.

“We’re hoping that anyone with any information will come forward,” said Suzan Murphy, a co-worker of Graham’s at the college of business for the University of Tennessee.

Graham was transported to the University of Tennessee Medical Center and was initially listed in critical condition.

Hit and run investigators are working to identify the type of vehicle involved in the incident by examining evidence recovered from the crash scene.

“People need to take responsibility for their actions,” said Murphy.

Police said Friday the vehicle was either a 2007 to 2010 Jeep Patriot, a 2006 to 2010 Chrysler 300 or a 2006 to 2009 Dodge Challenger. The color is unknown. Police say the vehicle should have significant front end damage.

Anyone with information on the crash or the vehicle is asked to contact the Knoxville Police Department’s Hit and Run Unit at 865-215-7370.

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