Woman charged in fatal hit and run in Harriman

Woman charged in fatal hit and run in Harriman

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HARRIMAN (WATE) - Raychelle Christine Huckelby has been arrested and charged in connection with the fatal hit and run in Harriman.

Roane County Sheriff's Office confirmed Huckelby was arrested on DUI charges Thursday night. Huckelby has also been charged with vehicular homicide, and leaving the scene of an accident with injury.

A man's body was found along Pansy Hill Road in Harriman Friday morning, the victim of a suspected hit and run.

The Harriman Police Department says that the victim, identified as Daniel Hester, 59, was hit by a vehicle Thursday night and knocked against the guard rail.

Police have located the vehicle they believe was involved but have not released any details on a suspect.

The news came as a shock to the victim's family.

"He was walking to the store last night, he told me he was going to get a couple packs of cigarettes," said Leroy Hester, the victim's brother.

It was a few miles' walk down Pansy Hill Road that Daniel made regularly.

"He always gets his cigarettes and comes back, I didn't know a car was going to hit him," his brother said fighting back tears.

Police believe Hester was hit sometime around 9:30 Thursday night, but they are still working on the timeline. The body wasn't found until the next morning.

"You could see the skid marks on the shoulder, you could see some debris left behind, you could see the injuries on the body," explained Harriman Police Chief Randy Hiedle.

Neighbors say the area is well lit at night but there's a blind spot on the curve and people often speed.

"People go really fast around this curb and we do have a lot of traffic," said Darlene Griffis. She didn't see or hear anything the night before but police say they've talked to other neighbors.

The two mile stretch of Pansy Hill Road was closed most of Friday morning as police and THP worked to reconstruct the scene.

Leroy Hester doesn't know how to cope with the loss.

"He was a nice person, he was a good person," he said of his brother. "I miss him."
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