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THP releases description of vehicle that hit, killed Knoxville man on Christmas Eve

The Tennessee Highway Patrol said troopers were asking for the public's assistance in the crash, which may involve a white pickup.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — UPDATE 10 A.M. WEDNESDAY: THP said authorities think the vehicle that hit and killed a Knoxville man on Christmas Eve may have been a 2011-16 Chevrolet Silverado.

They're seeking information about the hit-and-run crash on Emory Road near the Halls branch of the public library.

Credit: THP
Vehicle involved in fatal Christmas Eve crash that killed pedestrian.

The vehicle may be slate colored. Howard Mynatt was walking on the road when he was hit.

"The vehicle appears to have stock aluminum wheels and will have front end damage," a THP release states.

If you have information, contact the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Knoxville District Regional Dispatch Center at 865-544-3380, option 2, attention Sgt. Joe Walker, Criminal Investigation Division.

UPDATE 5 PM TUESDAY: Tennessee Highway Patrol has identified the pedestrian killed in a Christmas Eve hit-and-run as Howard Mynatt, 74, of Knoxville.

Authorities are trying to find the person who struck and killed Mynatt in what was described as a white pickup. They're seeking the public's help.

Snow had been falling in East Tennessee for a few hours when the crash occurred.

THP Lt. Eric Miller said the agency's Criminal Investigation Division was part of the case and is "exhausting all means to attempt to identify the vehicle and the driver."

The unidentified driver was westbound on Highway 131 - Emory Road - approaching Maynardville Pike when the vehicle left the road, a THP report states.

Mynatt was walking along the road near the Halls branch of the public library.

The pickup hit Mynatt and left the scene.

Anyone with information about the crash should call the Tennessee Highway Patrol's Knoxville District Regional Dispatch Center at 865-544-3380, option 2. It will be brought to the attention of Trooper Grant Gouldie, officials said

PREVIOUS STORY: The Tennessee Highway Patrol is seeking help from the public with an investigation into a fatal hit-and-run crash in Knox County on Christmas Eve.

THP said the crash happened on Emory Road near Maynardville Pike. Troopers were dispatched to the area around 7:18 p.m. and the crash involved a pedestrian, according to a release from THP.

Witnesses said that the vehicle was a white pick-up truck, possibly a Ford F-150. 

Anyone with information about the crash should call the Tennessee Highway Patrol's Knoxville District Regional Dispatch Center at (865) 544-3380, option 2. It will be brought to the attention of Trooper Grant Gouldie, officials said.

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