Corinth man killed in crash; hit-and-run suspect sought

December 15, 2016 GMT

A Corinth man was killed in a crash near the state line Wednesday afternoon, and the Tennessee Highway Patrol is seeking an unknown commercial driver who left the scene. THP identified the deceased as Thomas N. Garner, 73, of Corinth. Witnesses described the hit-and-run vehicle as a white tractor pulling an empty log trailer. The crash happened at 3:36 p.m. about a mile north of the state line in Hardin County on Tennessee Highway 142, which is Kendrick Road on the Mississippi side. Garner was headed south in a 2008 Lincoln SGL when the southbound tractor pulling the log trailer began to pass him in a no-passing zone, according to THP, striking the left rear driver’s side of the Lincoln, causing the vehicle to spin out of control. The Lincoln ran off the left side of the roadway, struck several trees, reentered the highway and collided with a northbound 1997 Mitsubishi Galant driven by Gary A. Dokey, 69, of Savannah, Tenn. The truck did not stop. While the driver of the Mitsubishi was uninjured, a passenger in the vehicle, Mary E. Dokey, 70, of Morris Chapel, Tenn., was injured. Garner was not wearing a seat belt, according to THP. The crash occurred in a 45 mph zone. Anyone with information about the driver of the vehicle that left the scene is asked to contact the Tennessee Highway Patrol at (731) 423-6635.