Police are searching for a vehicle believed to have fatally hit a Coffee County man in his driveway Monday as he was checking his mailbox.
Tennessee Highway Patrol is investigating the deadly hit-and-run, which occurred at 2:36 p.m. on U.S. 41.
Troopers say Arthur Mantone Jr., 79, of Hillsboro, had parked his vehicle in his driveway and crossed the road to check his mail when he was struck by a car that then fled.
Mantone was pronounced dead at the scene.
His 100-year-old father was seated in Mantone’s car, which was facing away from the road at the time Mantone was struck. He didn't see the fatal collision occur, according to investigators.
After a few minutes, said THP Lt. John Harmon, Mantone’s father exited the vehicle.
“He got to wondering about his son,” Harmon said. “He got out of the car and noticed something was wrong in the middle of the road.”
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Harmon confirmed there were debris in the road, but declined to elaborate further about what Mantone’s father saw.
A passerby flagged down by Mantone’s father assisted him in locating his son. Troopers didn’t say how far Mantone was thrown in the incident or where he was found in relation to where the collision took place.
According to Harmon, Mantone had not reached the mailbox at the time he was struck, but investigators are unsure exactly where he was.
“We do know he had not retrieved his mail yet, but I don’t know where he was in the road,” Harmon said.
The posted speed is 55 mph on that stretch of U.S. 41.
Troopers on Tuesday released a surveillance photo of a champagne-colored Mitsubishi Galant, believed to be a 1999 to 2003 model, that they're considering a "vehicle of interest," Harmon said.
Coffee County man killed in hit-and-run while getting mail; driver sought