Crash investigators are continuing in their efforts to locate the black Lexus sedan involved in Sunday evening’s hit & run crash at 5th Avenue North and Union Street that left two female Bird scooter riders critically injured.
The Lexus appears to be a mid-2000s model ES 330 or ES 300. It sustained noticeable front end damage.
Central Precinct officers responded to the crash at 5:25 p.m. Sunday. The preliminary investigation shows that the scooters were traveling north on 5th Avenue North while the Lexus was traveling west on Union Street. The car struck the scooters in the intersection and continued traveling west on Union Street. There are conflicting reports as to whether the Lexus or the scooters had the red light.
The injured women are identified as Lindsey Cowan, 28, of Knoxville, and Rachel Johnson, 27, of Oak Ridge. Neither rider was wearing a helmet. Both women are being treated at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Anyone with information about the Lexus and/or its driver is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463. Callers to Crime Stoppers can remain anonymous and qualify for a cash reward.