Suspect identified after man dies from North Knox County hit-and-run pedestrian crash


KNOXVILLE (WATE) – A man has died after he was hit by a driver last week on Norris Freeway who didn’t stop and the sheriff’s office has identified the suspect.

The Knox County Sheriff’s Office confirms Ronnie White, 48, died Wednesday as a result of his injuries. Deputies say he was walking northbound on November 9 on the northbound side of Norris Freeway at Archibald Way when a silver four-door vehicle going northbound hit White and kept driving.Previous story: Knox deputies search for pedestrian hit-and-run suspect

White was sent to UT Medical Center where he died Wednesday. Deputies say they were able to identify the suspect vehicle due to tips from the public and charges are pending. The suspect’s name is not being released at this time.

Victim’s family searches for answers

White’s family is pleading for help and looking for closure.

“This isn’t an accident. If this were an accident, they would have stopped. This is now murder as the way I see it. They have took him and there’s no getting him back.” said Lisa Lawson, the mother of White’s children.

Lawson says the death has caused a hole in her family.

“He was loved by so many people. I don’t think I met anyone who didn’t love him,” she said.

Lawson and her family now hope the driver is found and turns him or herself in.

“This person needs to have a conscience and just turn their self in. Because it would be the decent thing to do,” said Lawson.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Knox County Sheriff’s Office at (865) 215-2243.

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