Family hopes new information in hit-and-run will lead to justice

Family hopes new information in hit-and-run will lead to justice

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By JILL MCNEAL
6 News Anchor/Reporter

HARRIMAN (WATE) - Four months after a deadly hit-and-run, the family of James Kirkland, 65, is still searching for justice.

Kirkland was driving on Highway 61 just east of Harriman on the afternoon of June 30th. A logging truck hit his car and kept on driving.

Kirkland was in the hospital for nearly a month before he died.

"It just leaves a hole in your heart. You expect him to be there and he's just not there anymore. It's just devastating," said his son, Blake Kirkland.

The thing that keeps the family going now is their search for justice.

"The obvious fact would have to be that he had to know that he made impact with my father's car and that he can go on living his life for the past four months," Kirkland said.

Just this week, the family talked to a new witness.

"She did say that it was a blue logging truck and it was not loaded," he said.

Kirkland said that's the second witness to say the hit and run truck was blue and he's hoping more people will now come forward.

"It would give closure. What happened with my father, it's not like he had a long, lengthy illness or anything like that. It was the sudden impact, the sudden loss," he said.

The family is now offering a $5,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of the person who hit James Kirkland's car and then kept on driving.

"I'd like mainly for the driver to know that he was here and step forward and face justice. We're coming for you and we're going to find you," Kirkland said.

If you have any information about the hit and run truck that killed James Kirkland, call 865-406-4311.

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