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UC police seeking hit-and-run suspect

UC police seeking hit-and-run suspect

Posted: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 8:23 am

Police could use the community’s help in finding a green pickup truck involved in a hit-and-run crash with a senior citizen Monday afternoon in Union City.
The incident occurred about 2:15 p.m. at the exit of Ryan’s at West Reelfoot Avenue and Old Troy Road in Union City — where police arrived to find a vehicle with its front bumper knocked off and learned the vehicle that allegedly caused the damage had left the scene.
According to a Union City Police Department report, 82-year-old Gerald P. Roper of 105 Allison St., Hickman, Ky., was attempting to exit the Ryan’s parking lot to go to the stop sign at West Reelfoot Avenue when the right front of a green pickup truck struck the left front of his 1998 Jeep Cherokee, causing the bumper to come off.
Neither Roper or his passenger, 81-year-old Edna Earl Bruner of Hickman, was injured.
The green pickup truck left the roadway and police reported tracks could be clearly seen in the grassy area. The vehicle apparently turned to the right and entered a small ditch in the area, then continued up a dirt bank to the roadway at Old Troy Road. From there, it was seen going westbound on Old Troy Road.
Two witnesses told police the vehicle involved was a green four-door pickup truck that had been westbound on West Reelfoot Avenue turning onto Old Troy Road. The vehicle tag number was unknown.
Witnesses indicated there were three white males in the front seat and three white females in the rear seat of the pickup truck, according to the report.
Another witness nearby on Rutledge Lane told police he saw the truck going south on Rutledge Lane and noticed the same three boys and three girls, as well as noticed the rear window was missing from the vehicle.
Police said there will also possibly be damage to the right front area of the four-door pickup truck and said the exhaust system came off the vehicle during its trip out of the creek bed on Old Troy Road.
Anyone who has information about the vehicle is asked to call the police department at 885-1515 or Crime Stoppers at 885-TIPS (885-8477). Crime Stoppers may also be e-mailed at ucpd@ci.unioncity.tn.us. Those who contact Crime Stoppers are guaranteed anonymity and tips that solve cases could be worth rewards up to $1,000.
Published in The Messenger 7.27.10

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