The Trousdale County Sheriff’s Department and the Tennessee Highway Patrol are still searching for a hit-and-run driver, who struck and killed a small boy on Tuesday night, February 9 at approximately 7:30 p.m. as he was crossing State Route 141, near the Methodist Church in Hartsville.
The 7-year-old boy, Nathan Allen Denham, the son of Mr. Marvin and Mrs. Christina Denham of Hartsville, had been attending a Cub Scout meeting with his dad at the church and had just crossed to the opposite side of the street to retrieve a garbage can that had blown from a neighbor’s yard, when he was hit. Investigators believe the driver kept going, put on his brakes several times down the street, then eventually drove away. The preliminary report indicated that the vehicle was a mid-sized late model 4-door car, possibly champagne or a similar color, with significant damage to the right front headlight and turn signal area.
“We collected evidence from the scene and debris from the suspect vehicle,” said Trousdale County Sheriff Ray Russell, when contacted by telephone on Monday afternoon, February 15th, “and it has been submitted to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab for analysis. The Tennessee Highway Patrol CERT Team is working the investigation, reconstructing the crime scene, and we hope to have more information in the next day or two.”
Funeral services for Nathan Denham were held in the chapel of Anthony Funeral Home, in Hartsville, at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 14th, 2010, conducted by Bishop Jarod Driskill, with interment in the Hartsville Memorial Gardens. Honorary pallbearers were Cub Scout Pack 122, and active pallbearers included David J. Downs, James Denham, John Denham, and Rob Hall.
Other than his parents he is survived by: two brothers, Matthew and Branden Denham; sister, Katie Denham; grandparents, Mr. Dennis & Mrs. Rosemary Denham, Hartsville, Tn., Mrs. Billie Denham, Murfreesboro, Tn., Mr. David & Mrs. Connie Downs, Hartsville, Tn.; great grandmother, Mrs. Rose Rennaker of Braham, Minnesota.
Anyone with information can contact the Trousdale County Sheriff’s Department at 615-374-2114 or the Tennessee Highway Patrol Cookeville Office at 931-528-8496, Extension 122.