Hit-and-run victim seriously hurt, family asks driver to come forward

Posted at 1:18 PM, Jan 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-24 22:19:59-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A 30-year-old Nashville woman is recovering in the hospital after being involved in a hit-and-run crash near S. 4th Street and Shelby Avenue.

The incident happened around 8 p.m. on Saturday, January 19. A family friend said the victim, Aja Tate, was crossing the busy intersection in the crosswalk when she was hit. The vehicle was heading towards the downtown area.

"She had tire prints on the side of her face, so they ran her over. [Surgeons] had to sew her ear back on. They ran her over and kept going, she was just trying to go home," Stacy Hall said.

Hall said Tate, a mother of three, went to check her mail and was heading back home. She said after getting hit, Tate was able to walk home and call for help.

"That was nothing but God because with all of her injuries, broken ribs, lacerated liver all of her injuries and she was that strong to be able to get up and walk home that was a blessing," Hall said.

Hall said Tate's family has suffered a lot of pain within the last few years. Her brother, Jocques Clemmons, was shot and killed by a Metro police officer in 2017. She said the family has suffered enough.

"They should turn themselves in. This was a lady, a wonderful lady, a beautiful smile they've taken all of that from her. Like I said she has lacerations, she has broken ribs. She's a mother of three. All she was trying to do is get home to her kids," Hall said.

The incident, near the Shelby Street Bridge, is where a driver was killed after a concrete rock was tossed over the bridge back in November. The fatal accident remains unsolved. There were no cameras near that intersection but Hall hopes cameras near S. 5th street may have caught the vehicle.

Anyone with information is asked to call Metro Police Crimestoppers at 615-862-7400.

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National Demestic Violence Hotline: 800-356-6767
Crisis Intervention Center: 6152447444
YWCA Shelter: 615-242-1199