Man struck by hit-and-run driver on Jackson Avenue

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Memphis police are searching for the driver accused of hitting a pedestrian on Jackson Avenue and then fleeing the scene without stopping Tuesday.

According to police, an older model yellow Chevrolet Camaro with two black racing stripes along the top was heading westbound on Jackson around 7 p.m. when it struck a 21-year-old man who was crossing the street with a group of men.

Parents of the victim identified him as 21-year-old Frebian Hester.

“When you run somebody over and don’t come back or stop, you don’t care,” said his father, Frederick Malone. “That’s not right. That’s not human.”

The impact of the crash sent Hester over the top of the vehicle, witnesses said.

“For someone to do that to him, just hit him and leave and not see about him, that’s somebody’s child. That’s our child,” said his mother, Tayonda Hester.

The driver then immediately turned onto Eva Street and fled southbound without stopping.

Hester was rushed to the Regional Medical Center in critical condition. His family is confident he’ll recover, but scared.

Police said the group was not in a crosswalk when the accident occurred.

Hester’s family said he’s been overcoming odds his whole life — he has a mental disability, but overcame it and graduated from the University of Memphis back in May, attending a program designed for disabled people.

When the doctor said he couldn’t, he did, his family said. When they said they didn’t know if he was going to graduate from high school, he did.

Family said his favorite musical artist is Yo Gotti, and he might pursue a career in music.

If you know anything that could help identify the driver, call Crime Stoppers at (901) 528-CASH.

“I have faith in God that he’s going to come through this,” family members said.

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