East Knoxville man killed in hit-and-run accident

East Knoxville man killed in hit-and-run accident

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Officers found the victim at the intersection of Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue and Olive Street around 11:45 p.m. Officers found the victim at the intersection of Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue and Olive Street around 11:45 p.m.
Fatal accident investigators and forensic technicians continued their investigation through the night. Fatal accident investigators and forensic technicians continued their investigation through the night.
Ramazani Mtambala (Source: Family) Ramazani Mtambala (Source: Family)
Mtambala's three daughters and grandson. Mtambala's three daughters and grandson.
"She wants to know why," a translator said of Mtambala's eldest daughter. "She wants to know why," a translator said of Mtambala's eldest daughter.

By JOSH AULT
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A pedestrian was killed late Monday night in a hit-and-run accident in East Knoxville.

The suspect was caught the next morning.

Officers found victim Ramazani Mtambala, 65, at the intersection of Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue and Olive Street around 11:45 p.m. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Fatal accident investigators and forensic technicians continued their investigation through the night.

At 9:40 a.m. Tuesday, the suspect, Scott E. Wilson, 34, was found and arrested by officers at his girlfriend's apartment on Glenwood Avenue.

His 1996 Cadillac Fleetwood was found parked one block away.

"We can't go into details on exactly what he said," said KPD spokesperson Darrell DeBusk. "While he was interviewed by investigators, he obviously knows what happened."

Wilson has been charged with vehicular homicide, leaving the scene of an accident and failure to provide financial responsibility.

Mtambala leaves behind four children between the ages of 20 and 9. The family is originally from Congo and immigrated to the United States three years ago.

His oldest daughter, Bisha Mtambala, who does not speak English fluently, spoke through a translator.

"She wants to know why," said the translator.

Mtambala's wife died before the family immigrated to the U.S. Mtambala was the primary caregiver for his 15-year-old daughter who is handicapped.

"That's the problem we have because . . . the family, they have no other help for her," said family friend Magwe Arthemon.

DeBusk says Wilson has a long criminal history, and has been in and out of prison.

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