Deputies ask public for help in hit-and-run case


Sheriff’s deputies are asking the public for help for help in identifying possible suspect(s) in an overnight hit-and-run crash that left a man serverly injured.

Michael Denham, 33, was found unconscious and severely injured by deputies at 7:56 p.m. Wednesday near 315 NCTR Road in Jefferson, according to a press release from Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Major Lafayette Woods Jr.

A member of Denham’s family was administering aid to the injured man when deputies arrived. Witnesses told deputies that Denham was struck by a vehicle driven by an unknown motorist driving west along NCTR Road. Denham had run onto the highway following a domestic dispute with a family member.

Witnesses reported that the vehicle was a dark-colored sports utility vehicle.

The collision threw Denham about 30 feet in the air from the driveway where he was standing before he stepped out onto the road, Woods said. The SUV driver did not stop, but continued driving west on NCTR Road toward Arkansas 365.

Denham regained consciousness following first responders’ arrival on the scene. He was transported by ambulance to Jefferson Regional Medical Center, where he was treated by emergency room physicians. The extent of Denham’s injuries were not available at the time of the press release.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing, Woods said.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division at 541-5496 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or call the 24-7 non-emergency number at 541-5300. The identities of callers will remain anonymous. Tips can also be submitted online at www.jeffcoso.org under the section “Crime Tip Hotline.” Emails can be submitted to tips@jeffcoso.org.

A reward up to $500 may be available, Woods said.