15-year-old killed in hit-and-run accident - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

15-year-old killed in hit-and-run accident

Tyler Johnson was walking on South Perkins Road, south of Mallory Road, around 9:25 p.m. Sunday when he was hit and dragged for several feet. Tyler Johnson was walking on South Perkins Road, south of Mallory Road, around 9:25 p.m. Sunday when he was hit and dragged for several feet.
Johnson's family is urging a suspected hit-and-run driver to come forward following his violent death. Johnson's family is urging a suspected hit-and-run driver to come forward following his violent death.

(WMC-TV) - A 15-year-old is dead after being hit by a vehicle that fled the scene immediately following the accident.

Tyler Johnson was walking on South Perkins Road, south of Mallory Road, around 9:25 p.m. Sunday when he was hit and dragged for several feet. The driver left the scene.

Johnson was taken to The MED by an ambulance in extremely critical condition. He was later pronounced dead.

Johnson's family is urging a suspected hit-and-run driver to come forward following his violent death.

"Because you will not have any peace or no rest until you turn yourself in for what you did to my nephew," said the victim's aunt, Monica Henderson. "And you let him lay on the concrete, on the ground, like an animal ... That's what you did."

Johnson came to KIPP Academy High School from Booker T. Washington. His passion was playing football. Classes at KIPP were canceled Monday following news of Johnson's death.

Assistant coach John Coates got a request from his mother to see if she could bury him in his jersey.

"So we're going to give him his jersey," said Coates.

While funeral plans for Tyler Johnson are finalized the search for a driver goes on.

Investigators believe the vehicle involved in the accident could be a 1999-2001 gold SUV extended with heavily tinted windows and white lettering on the back window. The lettering extended about two feet across the window and was about two inches in height.

If anyone knows anything about this deadly accident, contact CrimeStoppers at (901) 528-CASH.

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