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Trucker arrested for running over fellow driver at Tennessee Pilot

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Trucker arrested for running over fellow driver at Tennessee Pilot
John R. Emery Jr., shown here in a booking mugshot from the Jefferson County Jail in White Pine, Tenn., was arrested for hitting a fellow driver with his truck at a Pilot truck stop on Jan. 12, 2024. (Courtesy: Jefferson County Jail)

WHITE PINE, Tenn. — A truck driver has been arrested after authorities say he struck a fellow trucker with his rig at a Tennessee truck stop and fled the scene.

According to a news release from the White Pine Police Department, 70-year-old John R. Emery Jr. of Chattanooga, Tennessee, was arrested on Feb. 2 and booked into the Jefferson County Jail in White Pine.

He’s being charged with leaving the scene of an accident involving death or injury.

The report says that the incident happened on Jan. 12 at the Pilot Travel Center in White Pine.

The victim, Gary M. Clark, 64, of Prattville, Alabama, was run over in the back parking lot of the travel center near the fuel island at approximately 6 p.m., police said.

“The investigation showed that the truck that struck Mr. Clark was pulling into the fuel island, striking him with the front passenger side of the truck,” according to the news release. “The driver of that truck did not purchase fuel but did go inside the store, purchase several items from the store, leave the store approximately 20 minutes later and get back into his truck.”

According to the news release, other drivers notified Emery that someone had been run over behind his rig and that he needed to stay at the scene.

“He decided to leave the parking lot and head south of Interstate 81,” the news release states.

On. Jan. 14, investigators identified the truck that fled the scene, learning that it was operated by Emery.

The investigation is ongoing.

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Born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and raised in East Texas, John Worthen returned to his home state to attend college in 1998 and decided to make his life in The Natural State. Worthen is a 20-year veteran of the journalism industry and has covered just about every topic there is. He has a passion for writing and telling stories. He has worked as a beat reporter and bureau chief for a statewide newspaper and as managing editor of a regional newspaper in Arkansas. Additionally, Worthen has been a prolific freelance journalist for two decades, and has been published in several travel magazines and on travel websites.

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Born in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and raised in East Texas, John Worthen returned to his home state to attend college in 1998 and decided to make his life in The Natural State. Worthen is a 20-year veteran of the journalism industry and has covered just about every topic there is. He has a passion for writing and telling stories. He has worked as a beat reporter and bureau chief for a statewide newspaper and as managing editor of a regional newspaper in Arkansas. Additionally, Worthen has been a prolific freelance journalist for two decades, and has been published in several travel magazines and on travel websites.
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12 Comments

SMH WHAT COULD OF BEEN A ACCIDENT. JUST TURNT WORST ON HIM.AND WHU WAS HE PROBABLY PULLING IN FUEL LINE FAST AS MOST DRIVERS DO. WELL HOS TRUCKING CARRER OVER AND JAIL TIME TO A OLD MAN WOW .WTH WAS HE THINKING LEAVING SOMEONE U HIT SMH😪

this has always been a problem for yrs some drivers role thru truck stops fast they don’t pay attention..I was a driver for 35 + yrs I’m retired now..and very happy to no longer be around careless drivers..I always went slow in truck stops just for this reason.

Guy looks like a True Blue DemokRat 2 me👻… & We Alls Knowsiz “Blax can do NO wrong!!”
Sumhow🤔… I detect > predict Same will file a Federal EEOC Complaint against that police department.

It is bad enough that you hit the driver, but what is worse is that you failed to take responsibility. These actions warranted your arrest and the civil lawsuit that will surely follow. Not caring shouldn’t be viewed as a racist action, but as an action of a lack of moral ineptitude.

He is sleepy joe doesn’t care about drivers. When you pull at the truck center drive slow and pay attention to other drivers going in to the store, watch for trucks 100s of people pull in truck stop every hour. Come on man why you left, if you stayed you might be free to go if you haven’t seen the guy but it sound you r a racist

The worst flying through truckstops are Western Express and Prime. They usually employ drivers that are from other countries that think they are still living there and the way they FLY into the parking lots and lack of respect for others. The management of those companies care only about the grants they get for showing someone how to drive a 80,000 pound bomb. They really need to teach them that entering a truck stop at 20 miles an hour is not good driving. And this is not my only opinion this includes the remarks from staff at FLying J’s, Pilot and Love. Take a hint and get your drivers under control. Everyone sees this

well I see all truck drivers in a rush need to slow down I’m a 40 years driving seen it all it the younger drivers need more training not just old man driving thru pilot but all ⛽ stops reflective vest 🦺 saves lives. be safe.

He is a valck man,y’all just been recist,black men don t onow what they are doing out there.
Don t be recist,give the black man a vreak.

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