COFFEE COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – The Tennessee Highway Patrol is searching for the driver who hit and killed a 78-year-old man Monday afternoon as he was at his mailbox in Coffee County.
It happened around 2:30 p.m. outside of the victim’s home along Highway 41, just southeast of Hillsboro.
Angelina Moore told News 2 the man killed was her 78-year-old father, Arthur Joseph “A.J.” Mantone, who was a retired aeronautical engineer.
According to a preliminary crash report from THP, Mantone had parked his vehicle in his driveway and crossed the street to check the mail.
Mantone was pronounced dead at the scene, and investigators said the driver who hit him did not stop.
“They’ve torn us apart. We don’t have daddy. Daddy was the glue that held us all together,” Moore said. “My mom is completely destroyed. My grandfather wishes it was him. It’s devastating.”
The THP report identifies the hit-and-run vehicle as a champagne-colored, 1999 to 2003 Mitsubishi Galant.
Investigators said they found a side mirror and debris from the vehicle near the scene. It was also spotted on a surveillance camera in the area.
Anyone with information that could help investigators, please contact the Tennessee Highway Patrol Chattanooga District Regional Dispatch Center at 423-634-6890.