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Paris Police Investigating Hit and Run

By Emily Cassulo
By ecassulo@wbbjtv.com

PARIS, Tenn. - A college-bound West Tennessee teen is recovering instead of heading off to campus, after being the victim of a hit and run.

Paris police said the driver did eventually turn herself in the next day.

The driver said in the police report she did not stop, because she was scared, and on her way to take someone to an appointment.

The victim said he is just glad he is alive.

Brandon Long, 18, has a surprisingly good attitude after what he has been through this past week.

"I'm not really upset at all," Long said. "I'm just more happy that I survived and happy that I wasn't jumped or attacked more than anything. I can live with it."

He should be in football camp at Campbellsville University in Kentucky this week, but instead of heading to school on both academic and athletic scholarships, he is recovering from being hit by a public transportation van, which Paris police said was driven by Amanda Clayton, 22.

Police are charging her with tampering with evidence, reckless endangerment, and leaving the scene of an accident.

Long said he was walking along Depot Street on the way to the post office, but that is all he remembers.

"The last thing I remember was getting dressed, and after that, a whole blackout. I woke up, knocked out, scarred up," he said.

Clayton worked for the transportation department under the Northwest Tennessee Human Resource Agency for about two years.

The transportation director told 7 Eyewitness News off camera Clayton has been suspended without pay.

Long said he is not upset, he just wants to get back to playing football.

"I would just probably wait for these wounds to heal up, then get back in the weight room and get ready for football next year," he said.

Long said he plans to go to Murray State University in Kentucky his freshman year, then later transfer to the University of Memphis to play football there.

As for Clayton, her next court appearance is Tuesday.