CLINTON, Tenn. — Update (11/25): The Clinton Police Department said it is searching for a man of interest after police located a vehicle believed to be involved in the hit-and-run that killed a man early Saturday morning.
The hit-and-run crash happened around 3:30 a.m. Saturday 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.
CPD is now asking the public's help to locate Damien Ray Cole, 50, of Clinton -- saying he is a person of interest in the case.
Anyone with information of Cole's whereabouts or have seen him are asked to contact the Clinton Police Department, Detective Sergeant Gregory at 865-259-1209.
"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 are asking for the driver to come forward. On Sunday, 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 hope that their demonstration helps bring awareness to Pitts' death and will convince the driver to come forward.
"We want people to know who he is, what he meant to us, and just bring awareness," Cantrell said.