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Police arrest suspect after hit-and-run that killed Clinton man Jordan Pitts

CPD said Damien Ray Cole, 50, of Clinton was taken into custody after a hit-and-run killed Jordan Pitts on Nov. 20.

CLINTON, Tenn. — Update (11/29): The Clinton Police Department said it has found and arrested a man wanted in a deadly hit-and-run that killed a man riding his bike to work on November 20.

CPD said they and the U.S. Marshals Service arrested 50-year-old Dannon Ray Cole in Knoxville on aggravated vehicular homicide. 

Cole was taken to the Anderson County Detention Facility Monday and booked on a $500,000 bond.

The hit-and-run crash happened around 3:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 20 in the area of Clinch Avenue near Portwood Road, CPD said.

Jordan Pitts, 39, was riding his bike to work Saturday morning when a driver hit him and drove off. Jordan later died due to his injuries, according to the Clinton Police Department.

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Posted by Clinton Police Department on Monday, November 29, 2021

"I want to know why you ran off... for what reason... because I don't like that," Jordan's best friend Casey Hall said.

Family and friends asked for the driver to come forward, and loved ones held up signs near where the crash happened, hoping to catch the attention of anyone driving by.

"We just want to find out who did it, so we can put this to a close and lay him to rest with dignity," Jordan's aunt Kim Cantrell said. "It's like I've lost a child. I've literally lost one of my children."

Family and friends hoped that their demonstration helped bring awareness to Pitts' death.

"We want people to know who he is, what he meant to us, and just bring awareness," Cantrell said.