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Knoxville man accused of attempting to push victim over bridge following hit and run crash

Rekadius was charged with attempted second-degree murder, driving under the influence and various additional traffic charges.
Published: May. 3, 2021 at 8:49 AM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Officials with the Knoxville Police Department said a man faces attempted murder charges after a hit-and-run crash Saturday.

According to KPD, officers responded to a hit-and-run near W. Inskip Drive around 10:15 p.m.

Officials said officers were informed a white vehicle involved in the crash was leaving the scene. Police located the suspected vehicle and initiated a traffic stop at the Pilot on Merchant Drive.

Police said the driver of the vehicle, Minani Rekadius, 21, appeared to be under the influence and had, “fresh wounds on his body from an altercation.”

Rekadius was detained for further questioning and transported to the scene of the hit-and-run crash.

At the scene of the crash, a 57-year-old man told police he was driving east on Inskip Drive with his wife when Rekadius made a left turn onto Inskip and hit the couple’s vehicle head-on. The man said when he exited the vehicle Rekadius, “became enraged” and physically assaulted him.

Rekadius allegedly moved the victim to the railing of a bridge and made threats to kill the 57-year-old man while attempting to push him over the bridge. Officials said the bridge has a roughly 22-foot drop. Rekadius also reportedly bit the victim during the altercation.

When Knoxville Fire Officials arrived at the scene of the crash, Rekadius reportedly got back into his vehicle and fled the scene. Fire crews said Rekadius almost crashed into a fire engine while fleeing the scene.

The victim was transported to the University of Tennessee Medical Center for treatment.

Rekadius was charged with attempted second-degree murder, driving under the influence and various additional traffic charges.

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