‘Rendezvous:’ 1 year later, no arrests in fatal Clarksville motorcycle hit-and-run

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A year later, the family of the late Dwight Carter are not quite prepared emotionally to face the reality that the man charged in connection with the death of their loved one is still at large.

“Do the right thing and surrender so we can find some peace,” Carter’s little sister, Tammy Puckett, said.

“Because until they (the police) catch him, none of us are going to be okay.”

Motorcyclist Dwight L. Carter Sr., husband and father of five, died of injuries sustained in a hit-and-run accident on April 18, 2021.

Clarksville police have issued warrants, including one for homicide while driving, for Stanley Cliff, who is wanted in connection with the Ford F-150 truck, which fled the scene of the fatal crash.

Clarksville police released a second statement in January saying the agency is still actively looking for Cliff, 64.

Warrants on file for Cliffs’ arrest include:

  • Aggravated Aggression
  • Leave the scene with death
  • Leaving the scene with damage and reckless endangerment
  • Driving homicide
  • Obligation to inform
  • Refusal to yield causing death
  • Immediate notice of accident

The accident happened on Providence Boulevard near Market Street. Surveillance video shows a truck, allegedly driven by Cliff, crossing multiple lanes and driving past Carter’s motorcycle. It also showed the truck driver fleeing the scene as other bikers stopped in the middle of the road and ran to help Carter.

Carter, 55, was airlifted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he later died. According to his family, he suffered several fractures and a stroke.

The gray Ford F-150 truck was located the next day at Johnson’s Do It Yourself Garage auto repair shop on College Street.

Puckett said the Clarksville native was the prankster of the family and the holidays were hard to celebrate without him. Despite their loss, Puckett said they were doing the best they could with the circumstances and were still hoping for an arrest to get justice for Carter and closure for the family.

Carter’s family is holding a rally on April 18 at 3:30 p.m. where the accident took place to commemorate his memory.

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Warrants Division said it is still pursuing Cliff’s location with its available resources.

Anyone with additional information or video footage is asked to contact Investigator Burton, 931-648-0656, ext. 5665. To remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward, call the Clarksville Montgomery County Crime Stoppers Tipsline 931-645-8477, or go online and submit a tip at P3tips.com/591.

Alexis Clark can be reached at aclark@gannett.com.

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