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Man found dead on U.S. 41 early Monday

Posted on Monday, July 15, 2013 at 1:55 pm

Wayne Thomas, Staff Writer

Area law enforcement officials are investigating what they are calling a hit-and-run that occurred early Monday morning on Highway 41 and took the life of a Pelham man.

According to Coffee County Sheriff Steve Graves, the Coffee County Communication Center received a call around 3:15 a.m. reporting that a man was seen lying on the side of Highway 41.

When deputies arrived they found a body identified as that of Samuel Shetters, 48, at the intersection of General Marcrom Road and Highway 41 in the southbound emergency lane. According to Graves, the victim had extensive trauma to the head and  appeared to have been struck by a vehicle.

According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the 1990 Chevrolet pickup truck being driven by Shetters went off the left side of the roadway, struck a guardrail, a bridge, another guardrail and continued to travel off the left side of the roadway, down an embankment and through a fence where it came to rest in a field.

Preliminary investigation revealed that another vehicle, which left the area without notifying authorities, apparently struck Shetters while he was walking down the road.

 Graves said there is a possibility that the driver may not have known that anyone was hit.

Coffee County Sheriff’s Department investigator Sgt. Danny Ferrell and the THP are investigating and ask that anyone who might have been traveling the area of Hillsboro during the early morning hours to contact the sheriff’s department at 728-3591.

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