KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – Police were at the scene Friday night of a hit and run in North Knoxville involving a Knox County school security officer.
The crash was reported around 7 p.m. near the west entrance to the Fulton High School football field. Officers found a Knox County School Division Officer lying in the street after being hit by a vehicle.
Witnesses say the suspect vehicle had just left a parking area north of the stadium and was driving recklessly. The vehicle lost control and hit several parked, unoccupied vehicles before continuing down St. Mary’s Street.
The officer tried to stop the vehicle, but police the driver intentionally hit the vehicle and drove off. The officer’s injuries were not life-threatening.
The suspect vehicle is identified as a light-colored sedan, possibly a white Infiniti, with significant front end damage. Police believe the driver was female.
The Knoxville Police Department is investigating.
“I just went to check on him, because I’ve never seen anybody barrel through a cop like that,” said Evangeline Smith, a witness who saw the events unfold.
Smith says she spoke with officers, sharing what she saw. Her husband running after the car to get a license plate number, he was able to get partial plates, she said.
“She literally hit the gas and hit him and he flew end over end off the top of her hood and landed on the ground. that’s when me and my husband went down there to give him aid,” said Smith.
An owner of one of the parked vehicles hit says they were notified their car was involved by an announcement at the Fulton High School Football game.
A tow truck was on scene to remove the vehicles, if necessary.