Man killed in crash on I-240 - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Man killed in crash on I-240

Police initially said the driver was shot before he crashed, but a medical examiner report proved otherwise. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5) Police initially said the driver was shot before he crashed, but a medical examiner report proved otherwise. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)
Police shut down the interstate until around 10:30 p.m. Sunday. (Photo Source: TDOT) Police shut down the interstate until around 10:30 p.m. Sunday. (Photo Source: TDOT)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Many unanswered questions linger after a tragedy happened Sunday on Interstate-240 near Mt. Moriah Road on Sunday night.

"A man just died on the expressway," said Tray Bledsoe, who witnessed the crash. "We tried to help him out, me and my cousin."

The crash temporarily shut down the interstate while police were on the scene.

Bledsoe says he will never forget his Sunday night drive home from Wolfchase Galleria.

"It really just flashed before my eyes," Bledsoe recalled.

Bledsoe and his cousin, Martinez Cooper, watched the man police later identified as 37-year-old Dewitt Parker fly down the highway. Police say he was going over 90 miles per hour.

"He was riding and his arms were hanging out the sunroof of the window," Bledsoe explained.

Bledsoe and his cousin said Parker appeared to be racing-- or chasing after-- another car.

Suddenly, Bledsoe says the driver hit the wall.

"We ended up pulling over to see exactly what was going on," he explained.

Bledsoe and his family tried to help the victim.

"We thought the car was about to catch on fire, so what we really was trying to get him out the car first," Bledsoe said, adding that the man was bleeding too much for them to be able to help.

They say they found Parker dead in the passenger seat.

"It made me go home and park, and I was like, 'I'm not driving anymore," said Cooper. "That scared me for the rest of the day."

It was originally reported that Parker was found shot in his chin, but the Medical Examiner determined he didn't die from a gunshot wound.

A quick look at Parker's record revealed that he had several speeding tickets and a restraining order filed against him. That document was later dismissed.

Bledsoe says the incident was a reminder to be careful.

"Slow down," said Bledsoe. "That's the most important thing. Slow down."

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