KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – A bicyclist who was the victim of a hit-and-run earlier this month in Knoxville has died.
The cyclist, identified as Scott Armes, 58, died Tuesday as a result of his injuries, just over three weeks after he was hit by a van.
The Knoxville Police Department said they were called to Dutch Valley Road near Bruhin Drive just before 1 p.m. on Sunday, August 6, for a hit and run involving a bicycle. Witnesses said an older gray van was going east on Dutch Valley and hit a bicyclist who was riding in the center median. The van fled the scene.
“I really didn’t worry about him because I knew he’d always be okay. You don’t expect it, and to watch him suffer is heartbreaking,” said Cristy Cummings, Armes’ daughter.
She says she knows her father is at peace, but wants justice and closure. All of which, she says, would come from knowing who is responsible and what really happened.
“It wasn’t the head trauma that got him, it was the overall sustained injuries of being run over,” said Cummings.
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Cummings says if it weren’t for two witnesses her father might have passed away on the scene. Instead, she says, she got nearly another month to spend with him.
Armes was not wearing a helmet during the crash.
“He used to ride motorcycles all the time. It broke his heart when he couldn’t ride anymore so he started riding the bicycle. Hence the no helmet, the rebel within.” said Cummings.
Now, she says someone with more information will share.
“If they can all contribute in some kind of way, if they’ve seen it if they heard about it. People talk, I’m hoping somebody will say more than they should. He deserves that. He deserves that closure.” said Cummings, asking the public for any information.
Investigators are examining evidence and trying to determine exactly what make and model vehicle was involved. Anyone with information is asked to call Knoxville police at (865) 215-7000.