Knoxville teen who survived hit-and-run seeks answers

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A Knoxville teen who survived a hit-and-run crash on Tuesday is asking for answers and the driver to come forward. The 15-year old was hit while riding a non-motorized scooter near the intersection of Bertrand Street and McCalla Avenue on Tuesday.

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The family says the 48 hours since the crash have been a nightmare and they’re still in shock, feeling a wave of confusion, worry and anger. They hope someone who knows something comes forward.

“I focus on thank God he’s alive and that God blessed me and watched over him,” said mom Tammy Tintle.

She’s spent the last two days watching over her 15-year old son, Joshua Logston.”

He’s a good boy and he just didn’t deserve that,” said Tintle.

Logston has scratches, cuts, bruises, hairline fractures, stitches and says he’s doing better. He remembers much of what happened Tuesday. Logston and his best friend Noah Beeler were going to meet friends at a park.

“I remember seeing a car and I was like, ‘Well I’m crossing so it should stop, right?’ And the next thing I remember is like, ‘Man i’m dreaming but this hurts,'” said Logston.

Police say he was knocked up and over the car and landed on a curb. Logston remembers waking up in the ambulance. 

“How am I alive? Because whenever I saw the car it was going pretty fast,” he said.

“How can someone hit a child and just keep going? How do they do that? I don’t understand that. I mean take the responsibility, yeah you might go to jail, but at least your conscience and stuff would be clearer,” said Tintle.

The family says this is a confusing time.

“You hit me. Why? Why would you hit me? Why would you keep going? Why wouldn’t you just stop, sucked it up and took the consequences instead of just running,” said Logston.

Tintle has a message to the driver who left her son bruised and injured. 

“Turn yourself in. You did an awful thing. He’s a 15-year old child and he was legally in a crosswalk and you just hit him,” she said.

Investigators describe the car as a beige SUV or possible jeep-type vehicle. If you know anything, you’re asked to call the Knoxville Police Department’s Crime Information line at (865) 215-7212. Tips and callers can remain anonymous. You can also send tips to KPD’s social media sites, information there will also be kept confidential.

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