KPD responding to 108 W. Inskip Saturday night for a hit and run. Officers were informed that a white vehicle involved in the crash left the scene. Officers stopped the suspected car at the Pilot on Merchant Drive. The driver, identified as 21-year-old Minani Rekadius of Knoxville appeared to be under the influence and had fresh wounds on his body from an altercation.
He was taken back to the scene of the accident. A 57-year-old man said he was drive east on Inskip Drive with his wife when the Rekadius made a left turn onto Inskip and hit their vehicle head on. When the victim exited the vehicle, the suspect reportedly became enraged and physically assaulted the victim. Allegedly, he maneuvered the victim to the railing of the bridge and made threats to kill the victim while attempting to push him over the bridge with a roughly 22-foot drop then bit the victim as they struggled.
When Knoxville Fire Officials arrived at the scene of the crash, Rekadius reportedly got back into his vehicle and fled the scene. Fire crews say Rekadius almost crashed into a fire engine while fleeing the scene.
The victim was transported to UT Medical Center for treatment. Rekadius was charged with attempted second-degree murder, driving under the influence and various additional traffic charges.
Photo Courtesy of Knox County Sheriff’s Office