Harriman man found dead along side of road

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Thought to be hit-and-run victim

By Cindy Simpson

Harriman police are investigating the cause of death of a man found alongside Pansy Hill Road Friday morning.

Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle identified the man, the victim of an apparent hit-and-run, as 59-year-old Daniel Hester.

Harriman authorities were called to the scene at 6:46 a.m. Friday.

Heidle said an autopsy has been ordered and will reveal the time of


“We have the THP CIRT team out here doing the reconstruction” of the incident, Heidle added late Friday morning.

CIRT is the Tennessee Highway Patrol’s Critical Incident Response Team.

Authorities had closed off the road late Friday morning, and detour signs were up to guide motorists around the scene.

While Heidle said no witnesses had come forward, he was confident Friday that police have a good case.

“We do have a good lead on this case,” he said. “I do feel really good about that lead.”

Hester was found around 601 Pansy Hill Road, around a large curve near a small community church.

Heidle said the body was taken to University of Tennessee Medical Center for autopsy.

Update: Heidle said Raychell Christine Huckelby, 47, was charged in the case Friday night. Jail records listed her address as 222 Roberts St., Harriman. She's charged with vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of an accident.