Hit-and-run victim to driver: 'Turn yourself in'

Knoxville police are investigating a hit-and-run that sent two people to the hospital.

It happened before 1 o'clock Thursday morning on Northshore Drive in West Knoxville. Police found the victims in the road in front of the Tin Roof bar. They say the two were walking across the street when someone ran them over and kept going.

Alice Jablonski of Tampa, Florida is one of the victims. She was visiting relatives for the holiday and decided to go out with a group of relatives and friends.

"[The driver] just smacked me and my friend and [the driver] hit us both and we both just flew up in the air. I landed in the middle of the road on the pavement and he landed on the opposite of the road," she said.

Police say the second victim of the hit-and-run is Garrett Jernigan of Knoxville.

Jablonski said Jernigan has a shattered orbital bone and will need surgery, as well as 30 stitches in his head and face.

Emergency crews transported the victims to UT Medical Center with non life-threatening injuries.

The vehicle is described as a gray or light blue Jaguar sports vehicle. Police say the impact may have damaged the suspect's windshield and the front end of the vehicle.

Jablonski has this message to the driver: "I would ask you to turn yourself in and to own up to what you did and to realize that we're all humans and you can't hit people in the road and leave. It's not how we treat each other and not on Thanksgiving. Not at all."

Anyone with information is asked to call police at (865) 215-7212. Callers can remain anonymous.


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