Posted: Thursday, January 10, 2013 4:00 pm
The Messenger, January 10, 2013
Union City police are investigating an unusual accident in which both vehicles involved left the scene last week.
Police responded about 9:05 a.m. Jan. 3 to the area of West Reelfoot Avenue and Everett Boulevard after being notified about someone being struck by a vehicle. Witnesses told 911 there was a man lying in the road.
When police arrived, though, only a witness was located and both vehicles had left the scene, according to a Union City Police Department report.
The witness claimed two vehicles had been driving recklessly on U.S. 51 between Troy and Union City and he told police when the vehicles got to the red light at the intersection, an “elderly man” exited a blue and white GMC pickup truck and walked back to the driver’s side of a green Dodge mini-van. After speaking with the driver of the mini-van, the man turned to walk back to his vehicle and the van went around the pickup truck. As the van went by the man, the sideview mirror struck him and knocked him to the ground.
The witness told police the van was being driven by a white man who appeared to be in his early 20s and he provided a tag which was not on file. Police were unable to locate either of the vehicles involved at that time.
About 1:50 p.m. last Thursday, Timothy Roberson Sr., 53, of Dyersburg came to the police department to file a report on the incident in which he was involved. He said he left the scene to get a tag on the other vehicle and then went to a doctor’s appointment out of town. His account of the incident was the same as that of the witness, according to the report, released today.
Roberson was issued a citation for leaving the scene of an accident. Police said charges will also be levied against the other driver involved if identification can be made.