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Driver sought in deadly hit-and-run on Austin Peay

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Authorities are searching for the driver who hit and killed a pedestrian early Wednesday morning on Austin Peay Highway near Yale Road.

"It's scary to know that it could've been me," said Shelia Washington, an avid walker. "It’s coming close to the Christmas holidays and somebody lost a life because someone was careless or whatever’s going on."

Memphis police said a man was walking in the area around 7:10 a.m. when a car hit him and kept driving. He died on the scene.

“That’s tough," said Albert Mason, who was re-directed through the traffic. "Somebody leaving the scene of an accident, that’s tough, that’s ridiculous.”

Mason said he often sees people jaywalk on Austin Peay and wishes they would use the crosswalks. But he said regardless of what happened, leaving is just wrong.

“The point is the driver should’ve stopped," said Mason. "Whether he wasn’t insured or had a warrant or whatever.”

Police said there were no witnesses when they got there.

"We urge the citizens to please pay attention to the roadway and have courtesy, share the roadway with cyclists and pedestrians who are crossing those intersections," said Lt. Colonel Keith Watson with MPD.

MPD hasn't provided suspect information at this time.

If you can help, call Crime Stoppers at (901) 528-CASH.

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