Elderly Man Dies After Being Dragged by Car on I-55
(Memphis) Two men are behind bars in connection with a deadly hit and run. The crime happened in Tennessee, but the two suspects were arrested across the state line in DeSoto County.
Police say the 69-year-old man and his wife were driving down the interstate around 1 a.m., Saturday, when the man accidentally dropped his phone out the window. He pulled over in the emergency lane near Shelby Drive to get it. The man got out of his car as another car was driving down the road. That driver struck the elderly man and kept going. The victim was dragged along the interstate.
“Its definitely awful. I can’t even imagine dying like that,” said driver Frank McCollins.
The man’s wife was in their car and watched her husband’s tragic death unfold. Other drivers on 1-55 also saw it happen and followed the hit and driver. The driver got off the highway and stopped the car at Millbranch and Stateline. Police say, the driver and a passenger bailed from the car and started running, but they didn’t get very far.
The news stunned other drivers in the area, like Frank McCollins, who now has a bigger of what could happen on Mid-South roadways.
“Dark, day anything. If I drop my cell phone, I’ll pull over and have to think do I really want to get it,” said McCollins.
He’s thankful other drivers followed the suspected hit and run driver and police were able to arrest them, keeping dangerous criminals off the interstates.
Police have not yet released the identities of the victim or the suspects.