Knox County man wants driver charged for hitting him on his bike

Knox County man wants driver charged for hitting him on his bicycle

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"I had a really large knot on the back of my head," said Pehrson. "I had severe abrasions on my back. I had four big holes on my back. (I had) abrasions on the buttocks, abrasions on the leg were I was hit." "I had a really large knot on the back of my head," said Pehrson. "I had severe abrasions on my back. I had four big holes on my back. (I had) abrasions on the buttocks, abrasions on the leg were I was hit."
"Call the sheriff's department," said Paul Pehrson. "Get it over with. Share the road . We'll do our best to stay out of the way and appreciate you if you give us three feet." "Call the sheriff's department," said Paul Pehrson. "Get it over with. Share the road . We'll do our best to stay out of the way and appreciate you if you give us three feet."

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

FARRAGUT (WATE) - A Knox County man says he was hit by a vehicle while cycling in Farragut.

The driver who hit him didn't stop.

The incident happened on Campbell Station Road almost a month ago. So far, no one has been charged in the case.

The Knox County Sheriff's Office says the incident is under investigation.

Paul Pehrson says his $7,000 road bike was totaled after he was hit by a vehicle on May 15.

He was also severely injured.

"I had a really large knot on the back of my head," said Pehrson. "I had severe abrasions on my back. I had four big holes on my back. (I had) abrasions on the buttocks, abrasions on the leg were I was hit."

Pehrson's wife, Patsy, says the driver who hit her husband started to yell and honk at her first.

"The vehicle was really close to me," said Patsy Pehrson. "Then it started honking. It wasn't just a quick beep, beep. It was a steady honk."

She says after the vehicle passed her the driver did the same thing to her husband.

The driver kept yelling and cussing at them to get off the road.

That is when the truck pulling a trailer veered over and hit her husband.

"I saw my husband fly up in the air," she said. "He flipped one and a half times and landed on the ground."

The driver of the vehicle did not stop.

"The last thing I remember is seeing the blue sky," said Paul Pehrson.

The Pehrson's say they are frustrated no one has been charged in the hit and run.

"I want to see the person responsible to take responsibility," said Patsy Pehrson.

"Call the sheriff's department," said Paul Pehrson. "Get it over with. Share the road . We'll do our best to stay out of the way and appreciate you if you give us three feet."

The Pehrsons got a good look at the driver and his vehicle. They say the person was in a company truck.

Those details are not being released until the investigation is complete.

Despite his injures, Pehrson is cycling again. He says this incident will not keep him from doing something he enjoys. 

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