Family identifies victim in Sevierville fatal hit and run

Sevierville Hit and Run

SEVIERVILLE (WATE) – A teen died in a hit-and-run in Sevierville Saturday morning.

The family of Cordell Breighner, 19, says he was the victim of the hit-and-run on Old Knoxville Highway.

“It’s really sad that you can drive on and human life meant nothing to you. You don’t even know who you hit.” said Cheryl Breighner, Cordell’s mother.

The family held a memorial and balloon release Sunday afternoon to celebrate Cordell’s life. His friends and family shared their favorite things about the teen through stories.

Breighner’s family want to know what really happened.

“Why? I just don’t understand what he would’ve done to somebody to make them have to go to this extent to have to kill him. If it was an accident why they wouldn’t have stopped to help somebody…” said Cassandra Breighner, Cordell’s grandmother.

Sevierville police are requesting help searching for the vehicle involved, especially body shops, insurance companies, and neighbors to assist in the investigation.

“I just really want someone to come forward for closure, for justice for Cordell. There’s people who think there might be something more to the story… I’m starting to think so too.” said Cheryl.

The vehicle is likely to have suffered heavy front end, windshield, or side damage including side mirror damage.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Kevin Bush at 865.868.1748 or K9 Officer Preston Parrish at (865) 453-5507.

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