Knoxville boy riding bike injured in hit-and-run

Knoxville boy riding bike injured in hit-and-run

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The 11-year-old boy was hit while riding around 9 p.m. on Gleason Place near South Castle Street. The 11-year-old boy was hit while riding around 9 p.m. on Gleason Place near South Castle Street.
"Check your heart, that's all I can say, check your heart," said coach John Webb. "What if that was one of your kids that got hit by a car?" "Check your heart, that's all I can say, check your heart," said coach John Webb. "What if that was one of your kids that got hit by a car?"

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – A child riding a bicycle was hit by a car Monday night. The Knoxville Police Department says the driver left the scene after the accident.

Elijah Jeter-Whitten, 11, was hit while riding around 9 p.m. on Gleason Place near South Castle Street.

Jeter-Whitten was taken to UT Medical Center with a severe injury to his leg.

Witnesses told police Jeter-Whitten and a group of friends were riding bikes in an alley off of Gleason Place when Whitten turned onto the street without looking.

Jeter-Whitten had just finished football practice at the Dr. E. V. Davidson Community Center.

"It was very shocking he got hit by a car," said assistant football coach John Webb. "Him and my son are real good friends. I know my son will be devastated when he hears Elijah got hit by a car."

Jeter-Whitten was hit by a black SUV with three males inside. Witnesses say two of the males inside were African-American.

Webb says he cannot believe the people in the SUV did not stop.

"It's kind of rough when a person hits a kid and keeps going," said Webb. "It's kind of shocking to hear something like that. It's overwhelming. People don't have no love for kids in this community."

Webb has a message for the three people in the SUV.

"Check your heart, that's all I can say, check your heart," said Webb. "What if that was one of your kids that got hit by a car?"

Webb says they have only had two football practices so far this summer, but he can tell Elijah is a good kid.

"Elijah is a well-mannered child," said Webb. "He's very respectful, outgoing, very funny."

Everyone at the community center is praying for Elijah and hopes he gets to return soon.

"Elijah, I want you get to get better," said Webb, "Come back and play corner back for us. We love you and we'll be praying for you."

Anyone with information is asked to call the Knoxville Police Department at (865) 215-7212.

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