Safe Parking Needed Now

The issue of safe parking has been near the top of the list of driver concerns for many years.  The passage of MAP-21 and Jason’s Law was said to make safe truck parking a priority.  The need for safe parking is still every bit as urgent, if not more so now.

Last night, truck driver  Matthew Harrison, 47, of New York, was parked at the Amvets parking lot at 4105 Holston Drive in Knoxville, Tennessee.  

Harrison was awakened by the sound of someone knocking on his door.  The man asked Harrison for a cigarette.  When Harrison told the man he didn’t have any, the man began firing shots at the truck.  One of the bullets struck Harrison in the chest.

According to WBIR, at approximately 2:30 a.m., Harrison drove himself five miles to Physicians Regional Medical Center at.

Investigators went to the scene of the crime and found several cartridge castings on the ground.  They spoke with a couple of possible witnesses who said they had a brief interaction with the possible suspect just before the shooting.

The suspect description has not yet been released.  There is no word on the condition of the driver.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Knoxville Police Department at (865) 215-7212


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