Donald Nash Of Springfield Hospitalized After Hit And Run
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SPRINGFIELD TENNESSEE (Smokey Barn News) Donald Nash, 72, of Springfield was walking on Industrial Blvd near his home Tuesday morning when he was struck by a hit and run driver.
The accident occurred on Industrial Blvd between 5th Ave and Poplar Ave. (Location of hit and run.) The call came into 911 just after 6:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.
Donald’s sister, Peggy Nash, was at home Tuesday morning when someone knocked on the door. Peggy could see blue lights flashing in the window and immediately had a bad feeling. “It scared me to death, I knew my brother was out there and this feeling came over me,” Peggy told Smokey Barn News.
Peggy opened the door and an officer told her the news, that her brother had been hit by a car and the driver fled the scene. “They didn’t stop, they just kept on going,” is what Peggy said the officer told her. The officer didn’t know how long her brother had been laying there in the road after the car hit him.
Donald was transported by Robertson County EMS via ground transport to Skyline Medical center in Nashvllle. “He couldn’t talk because of a tube,” Peggy said. “They’re going to have to do surgery on him on Wednesday, Peggy said. “He has a broken leg, broken jaw and a cut on the back of his head.”
Peggy holds the vest Don forgot to wear Tuesday morning.
Normally Donald wears a yellow and orange reflective vest but for some reason he did not put in on Tuesday morning, according to Peggy. “He didn’t put it on, he didn’t put it on,” Peggy said as she wept holding the vest. It was clear that Peggy loves her brother very much. They have lived in Springfield together for 18 or 19 years she said.
Donald isn’t able to work due to a disability but he loves to walk and is well known in the Springfield area, Peggy said. The accident occurred near Industrial Blvd and 10th Ave where Donald and Peggy live together.
Paint marks location of hit and run.
Peggy said she wishes Donald wouldn’t go walking so much. “I wish you wouldn’t go out walking— but he loves to walk,” Peggy said.
Peggy said that she doesn’t own a vehicle so she’s not sure how she’s going to be able to visit her brother who was taken into surgery early Wednesday.
According to Assistant EMS Director Russell Gupton, Mr Nash was walking when he was struck by a vehicle (per witnesses at the scene) and thrown to the side of the road into a drainage ditch lined with large river rock. “He was conscious after the accident but did have serious injuries consistent with being hit by a vehicle,” Gupton said.
The Tennessee Highway Patrol is currently investigating the incident and they are preparing a media release. As soon as we have it we will bring it to you. If you have any information about this accident please call the T.H.P. at (*THP) or (*847).
UPDATE: Wednesday evening:
We have received word that Donald is doing a little better. He still may be facing additional producers but he is doing better, according to Donald’s sister Peggy Nash.
UPDATE: Thursday Evening:
Thursday afternoon the Tennessee Highway Patrol released the following statement in regards to their investigation. Their statement should be considered preliminary.
“Tuesday morning approximately 7:00 a.m. we were dispatched to investigate a crash in Springfield on Bill Jones Road. It appears that a 2004 Mercury Grand Marquis, “Goldish / Silverish” in color struck a pedestrian that was walking on Bill Jones Road.
Today a female went to the Robertson County Sheriff’s Office stating that she might be the person that struck the individual walking. Robertson County Sheriff’s Office contacted the Tennessee Highway Patrol so we could further investigate this incident.
The female stated that her family had seen the news reports pertaining to this investigation. We took her vehicle in for evidence examination and no charges have been placed at this time. The investigation is still ongoing.”