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Victim from highway 126 hit and run speaks out

By Megan Brantley, mbrantley@wcyb.com
Published On: Mar 12 2013 05:11:50 PM CDT
Updated On: Mar 12 2013 04:14:15 PM CDT

THP says it happened around 9:00pm in front of the Big Orange Market on Highway 126.

SULLIVAN COUNTY, Tenn. -

A victim of a hit and run speaks out for the first time since the accident.

23-year old Jarred Muncy was hit last Thursday on highway 126, leaving him on the side of the road with fractured bones. "We were headed back toward Bristol; we were up here visiting a friend," said Bradley Bellamy, Jarred's cousin.

Muncy told News 5 they had ran out of gas and walked up to the Big Orange Market to get a refill. He said they weren't planning to walk on the road so they weren't wearing lighter colors, but said he tried to look out for traffic. "I was watching for headlights on the side of the road at the bottom of the pavement, and every time I'd see headlights we'd get further across the way," said Muncy.

Muncy told us they were on their way back when a car blind-sided him and hit him in the back with the side-view mirror. "I felt a big sharp pump in my back and all of a sudden I was in the bottom of a ditch down there," he said.

"I was scared. I didn't know what to do. The first thing he told me was ‘I love you, brother. I'm dying,’" said Bellamy.

Muncy said he laid there in pain as the car continued to drive away. "They hit me like a dog on the side of the road and just kept on going," he said.

Now Muncy says he's been left with a fractured pelvis, rib and a hole in his back from the impact. "I've got a bunch of hospital bills and I've got to be hooked up on this bag, it's expensive," he said.

Muncy says he wants whoever did this to come forward. "I would like for whoever hit him to come to justice. I want it to be served right," Bellamy said.

We're told officers are searching for a silver or white SUV with a missing side-view mirror. If you have any information, please call Tennessee Highway Patrol at (423) 348-6144.