Surveyor hit by truck and killed in Hamblen County

Surveyor hit by truck and killed in Hamblen County

Matt Hayes (source: Facebook) Matt Hayes (source: Facebook)

6 News Reporter

MORRISTOWN (WATE) - Family and friends are mourning the loss of a man working as a surveyor who accidentally hit by a car and killed in Hamblen County.

According to a report by the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the driver of a 1999 Nissan pickup truck was headed south on Highway 25 when he hit Matt Hayes around 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

Hayes, 28, of Lewisburg was surveying along the roadside.

The highway patrol says the driver swerved off the road and onto the shoulder of the highway, but it appears alcohol or drugs did not play a role.

6 News spoke with the driver's family Friday who called the incident a sad, tragic accident.

A daughter of the driver directed this message to Hayes' family. "We are terribly, terribly sorry."

Hayes' employer, CEO Joe Charles Wilson, Sr., released this statement. "Our heartfelt sympathies go out to his family, friends and fellow employees."

The highway patrol says charges are pending. Hayes leaves behind parents, a sister and a girlfriend.

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