Motorcyclist recovers after I-24 hit-and-run; THP searching for driver

Motorcyclist I-24 hit-and-run
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RUTHERFORD COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Rutherford County man said he is lucky to be alive after he was hit by an SUV while riding his motorcycle.

“It hurts my feelings a little bit to think that somebody would just run me down and leave me to die,” said Alex Barnes of Smyrna.Motorcyclist I-24 hit-and-run

It happened on Interstate 24 East near mile marker 69 on Saturday. The Tennessee Highway Patrol is still looking for the driver.

“It feels good to be blessed,” said Barnes. “I can’t go to work and earn a living but I am alive.”

He told News 2 his 12-year-old daughter flashed through his mind when it happened.

“I thought about her when I got hit I can’t go anywhere yet,” said Barnes. “She needs me.”

He said he is still in pain, with road rash all over his body.

“I’m on a lot of medication so I am kind of in and out,” said Barnes. “On my belly is rashed up pretty good. The lower part is the worst. I don’t know how you could just ride away and not know if they are dead or not and not call 911 or anything.”

As his sister Karen Ewing looks at the shorts he wore the morning he was hit, she said, “It’s just a reminder of how lucky he really is.”

Ewing is a nurse and has been taking care of her brother since Saturday.

“The first few days I wasn’t angry. I was thankful, but the more days that pass the more angry [sic] I get,” said Ewing.

Motorcyclist I-24 hit-and-runThe family is offering a $1,000 reward, money out of their own pocket, for information that will lead them to the driver.

“I just want to know who it was and I want to get them off the street before they kill somebody,” said Barnes.

Lt. Bill Miller with THP says they are looking for a dark blue Chevy Tahoe or dark blue Cadillac Escalade with 22-24 inch custom wheels.

Anyone with information should call THP at 615-741-3181.

A GoFundMe account has been set up to help the family with medical bills and to add money for a reward.

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