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Witness to mysterious death of teenage baseball star Grant Solomon breaks silence about what he saw on day cops say teen was run over by his OWN car at side of the road – as family demand investigation is reopened

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A witness to the mysterious death of Tennessee teenage baseball star Grant Solomon has broken his silence on what he saw the day cops said he was run over by his own vehicle and died.

Drew Hall, who worked at Ward Performance Institute, a baseball training facility in Sumner County, was inside setting up for the day with another co-worker, when he went outside after seeing multiple cars in the parking lot. 

It was there that he saw Grant underneath his white pickup truck in the ditch on the morning of July 20, 2020. 

Hall told Alexander Willis, a former reporter with the Williamson Home Page, who first broke the story, during a video interview obtained by DailyMail.com that when he saw Grant, ‘he was still alive.’

He also recalled seeing Grant’s father, Aaron Solomon, at the top of the hill on his cell phone, and pointed to where Aaron was standing, which he said was several feet away from his son, who was lying underneath the truck.

Drew Hall (pictured) saw Grant underneath his white pickup truck in the ditch, and told Alexander Willis, a reporter with Williamston Home Page, when he saw him,  'he was still alive'

Drew Hall (pictured) saw Grant underneath his white pickup truck in the ditch, and told Alexander Willis, a reporter with Williamston Home Page, when he saw him,  ‘he was still alive’

Grant Solomon, 18, star baseball player, who was starting his senior year of high school, died in in a tragic accident on July 20, 2020

Grant Solomon, 18, star baseball player, who was starting his senior year of high school, died in in a tragic accident on July 20, 2020

Standing outside the facility and facing the parking lot where the tragedy occurred, Hall walked Willis through his morning that day.

He said when he went outside, he did not know what was going on, but noticed multiple cars parked sideways in the parking lot of Ward Performance Institute.

He recalled: ‘The truck was already on him (Grant).’

Pointing to the location that Aaron Solomon was standing, he said: ‘Grant’s dad was on the phone. I guess calling the paramedics.’

Hall said there were three to four men, wearing Hi Vis vests.

He ran inside Ward Performance Institute to call his boss, Tucker Ward, to alert him to what was going on, and urged him to come down to the facility.

Hall said when he returned, the men in the vests had already left, and the ambulance and police had arrived.

‘I actually walked down there and tried to figure out what happened,’ Hall said. ‘I saw Grant under the truck.’

He recalled: ‘He was moving his head and he was alive.

‘I didn’t know how grave the situation was. I didn’t see blood or anything. I thought maybe he was just trapped and couldn’t get out – so obviously it was just really unclear how serious the situation was.’

Hall told Willis he initially thought ‘someone was texting and drove into the ditch. ‘You don’t assume it (the truck) rolled backwards and he (Grant) got trapped underneath,’ he said.

Grant's white Toyota Tocoma pickup truck pictured on the side of the road. The incident took place at 8.40am on July 20, 2020

Grant’s white Toyota Tocoma pickup truck pictured on the side of the road. The incident took place at 8.40am on July 20, 2020

Grant's pickup truck is pictured in a gravel ditch. The incident report indicated that the point of first impact was the rear end of the vehicle and the car had functional damage

Grant’s pickup truck is pictured in a gravel ditch. The incident report indicated that the point of first impact was the rear end of the vehicle and the car had functional damage 

The scene: Grant's white Toyoto Tacoma pickup truck that he was reportedly struck and killed by on the morning of July 20, 2020

The scene: Grant’s white Toyoto Tacoma pickup truck that he was reportedly struck and killed by on the morning of July 20, 2020

Grant’s mother Angie Solomon and sister Gracie Solomon have been fighting for answers in Grant’s mysterious death. 

His father Aaron Solomon was the only known witness when his son’s own vehicle, a white pickup truck, ran over him on the side of the road.

On the morning of July 20, 2020, Grant was driving to meet his father, a former Tennessee news anchor, at the Ward Performance Institute for a private pitching  session in Gallatin – about 50 miles away from his home in Franklin.

Less than 10 minutes after arriving at the facility, Aaron called 911 and said his son was trapped underneath his vehicle. The handsome 6ft5 athlete, who was starting his senior year of high school, died shortly after.

The Gallatin Police Department recorded Grant’s death as a parking lot accident, ruled it as accidental and closed the case.

But Grant’s devastated family claim there was no investigation, no reconstruction of the scene and no autopsy, no toxicology or forensic testing performed.

In Aaron’s 911 call, he is heard telling the operator that ‘his son’s truck backed over him and dragged him into the ditch and the truck is on top of him,’ according to the  audio obtained by DailyMail.com.

The operator is heard calmly asking Aaron how old the male is – to which he responded that Grant turned 18 a month ago.

He then is heard saying: ‘Oh my god.. oh my god,’ and repeats that his son is trapped underneath the truck. 

‘He is underneath the vehicle. It is a white truck. That is my son… somehow it backed up. Oh my god…this is not good… I guess he didn’t have it in park… it wasn’t engaged… the brakes,’ Aaron said.

He told the operator that there were three other people at the scene, and the call handler told him to check whether Grant was breathing. 

‘No. No,’ Aaron is heard saying.

When the dispatcher asked if he was breathing, Aaron said ‘someone is telling me he is coming too. I don’t think he can move.’

‘Someone talk to him. Is he facing up or down,’ he is heard saying.

Aaron tells the operator that ‘they said he is face-up, and blood is coming from his mouth.’

At one point during the call, Aaron is heard raising his voice as he tells Grant to turn his face to the side, if he can, and to be careful.

The dispatcher tells Aaron not to move him, and Aaron voice elevates as he tells her, ‘We can’t move him.’ 

According to a later incident report obtained by DailyMail.com, Grant was found by emergency responders lying face-up on the large rocks of a drainage ditch, underneath the front of the truck’s two tires.

Grant's father, Aaron Solomon, a  former news anchor, at WSMV Channel 4, and only witness called 911

Grant’s father, Aaron Solomon, a  former news anchor, at WSMV Channel 4, and only witness called 911  

Grant was a gifted baseball player pictured here pitching during a game

Grant was a gifted baseball player pictured here pitching during a game 

Grant was 6 ft. 5 inches tall and was a prized player, he is pictured here pitching

Grant was 6 ft. 5 inches tall and was a prized player, he is pictured here pitching 

Grant was also a standout basketball player

Grant was also a standout basketball player 

Grant's mother is searching for answers in his mysterious death

Grant’s mother is searching for answers in his mysterious death 

In Aaron’s statement to police, the former news anchor with WSMV Channel 4, said he and Grant were parked side-by-side outside the facility.  

‘I was still in my car, but noticed my son got out to get his baseball gear out of the back of is truck,’ he said.

‘I looked down to check a work email and the next thing I know I hear and see the truck rolling backwards into the ditch. I get out of my car to try to find my son and saw that he was trapped underneath the truck and immediately called 911.’

A police report by the Gallatin PD stated that Grant was struck by his own vehicle in the parking lot. 

The first point of impact was the rear end of the vehicle that sustained functional damage. It noted that the roadway surface was asphalt and the conditions that day were dry. 

The police reported their narrative of the event and attached a diagram.

‘Vehicle one was stopped in the parking lot 1357 Highway 109 South. The owner of vehicle one, exited the truck and was subsequently struck by truck as it rolled down the parking lot,’ they wrote.

‘Vehicle one drug the owner into the drainage ditch where it came to rest. The owner was trapped underneath.

Grant’s cause of death was listed as multiple blunt force trauma; run over by automobile with the time stamp of 8.40am at 1357 South Water Avenue in Gallatin, TN.

The manner was reported as accidental. He died less than an hour later at 9.26am at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Gallatin, according to his death certificate.

A sketch of the scene of the crash that shows Grants truck off State Highway 109 in Gallatin

A sketch of the scene of the crash that shows Grants truck off State Highway 109 in Gallatin

Aaron gave a statement to the Gallatin Police Department

Aaron gave a statement to the Gallatin Police Department 

Grant suffered from blunt force trauma indicated on medical document

Grant suffered from blunt force trauma indicated on medical document 

But more than a year after his death some mysterious details have emerged.  

An internal memo obtained by DailyMail.com that was sent from the Tennessee Attorney General Anthony Jonathan Skrmetti to Tennessee Governor Bill Lee in June 2022 called Grant’s death a ‘homicide.’

When Grant’s family learned of this development they appeared hopeful that the investigation would be reopened, but later learned that would not be the case.

The Attorney General’s office told DailyMail.com they were unable to comment about the contents of the memo, and stated that their office does not have original criminal jurisdiction, or the authority to investigate or prosecute homicides in the state of Tennessee.

They said those matters are handled by the District Attorney’s office.

When DailyMail.com spoke to Sumner County District Attorney Ray Whitley about the case he called Grant Solomon’s death a ‘parking lot accident’ and said they would not be reopening the investigation.

‘It’s been looked into and the investigation has been reopened before. There is no basis for a homicide charge or no criminal act here,’ he said.

‘It is just a horrible accident, and I am really sorry that it happened, but it’s not a criminal case so there is nothing we are are going to go forward with.

When he was asked about the memo the Attorney General sent to the Governor Lee, which called Grant’s death a homicide, he said, he was ‘not sure why he said that.’

Seeming baffled, DA Whitley said: ‘I just don’t know why he would say it was a homicide. I can’t answer to why he would say that, but I don’t think it carries any weight, and he did not intend for it to carry any weight as a homicide. He was not making a judgement.

‘There’s been allegations that it was a homicide. Angie Solomon has alleged that it’s a homicide, but the facts show that it was not a homicide.’

Grant's mother Angie pictured with her late son and his sister Gracie

Grant’s mother Angie pictured with her late son and his sister Gracie

Angie shared that Grant had a wonderful voice. The mother and son are pictured singing together at Puckett's Leiper's Fork

Angie shared that Grant had a wonderful voice. The mother and son are pictured singing together at Puckett’s Leiper’s Fork

Angie frequently posts about Grant and how much she and her Grant's sister Gracie misses him pictured here in this gut-wrenching post

Angie frequently posts about Grant and how much she and her Grant’s sister Gracie misses him pictured here in this gut-wrenching post 

A mother and son photo: The grief-stricken mother is determined to do whatever it takes to get justice for her son Grant

A mother and son photo: The grief-stricken mother is determined to do whatever it takes to get justice for her son Grant

Grant pictured with his girlfriend. The couple were dressed up for a formal event

Grant pictured with his girlfriend. The couple were dressed up for a formal event 

Grant’s parents, Angie and Aaron, are divorced and have had a tumultuous relationship and the children were living with her at the time of their son’s death. 

But Whitley stood by his word that the police have looked into the case more than once and that there is nothing else to look into. 

He added: ‘I’ve been a prosecutor for many years, and I prosecute anything that is feasible to prosecute, but this is not. This was a parking lot accident,’ he repeated.

When DailyMail.com contacted the Gallatin Police Department with further questions about the case – including if bodycam footage was taken – PIO Michael Carman responded: ‘Thank you for inquiry about the Grant Solomon case. This is a closed investigation. The facts of this case do not support that a crime was committed.’ 

He added: ‘This was a very tragic accident and our thoughts remain with the family of the young man who lost his life.’

Despite the numerous roadblocks she has faced, Angie continues to seek justice for her son Grant. 

Angie responded to Whitley’s comments and told DailyMail.com: ‘I have never spoken to Mr. Ray Whitley, but I am confident that I have more facts, true facts, regarding my son, Grant and what happened to him, than Mr. Ray Whitley had ever had, and I will continue to gain more.’ 

She added: ‘His statement does not phase me. I expect it.’ 

Six months after her son’s mysterious death, Angie brought in Dan Hodges, a private investigator and former special agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigations.

Hodges specialty include general criminal investigation, hostage negotiations, criminal profiling, foreign counter intelligence, and narcotics interdiction. 

The PI told DailyMail.com that after going to the scene and reviewing all the reports – police, coroner’s, medical, private reconstruction, it doesn’t add up.

On Thursday, he said a $5,000 reward is being offered for ‘information leading to the identification of witnesses, and an additional $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of the perpetrator. 

‘We are hoping that one of the three men in the Hi Vis vests, who was at the scene will come forward,’ he said.

He also revealed that there maybe some new information that he is working on that could potentially ‘break the case wide open.’

A street view of Ward Performance Institute, the baseball training facility where the July 20, 2020 tragedy took place

A street view of Ward Performance Institute, the baseball training facility where the July 20, 2020 tragedy took place 

Willis told DailyMail.com that Hall told him that he had nothing on the calendar booked for Grant the day of the tragedy

Willis told DailyMail.com that Hall told him that he had nothing on the calendar booked for Grant the day of the tragedy

Grant, the handsome athlete, who was starting his senior year of high school when he died, would have turned 22 in June

Grant, the handsome athlete, who was starting his senior year of high school when he died, would have turned 22 in June 

DailyMail.com reached out to Drew Hall and Tucker Ward, the owner of Ward Performance Institute, that has since shuttered permanently.

Hall was also interviewed by private investigator Hodges. 

Willis told DailyMail.com that Hall told him that he had nothing on the calendar booked for Grant the day of the tragedy.

‘I realized after talking to Aaron that they were coming here for the assessment. I didn’t even know really that they were coming here,’ he said. 

Angie said when Hall later told her that Grant did not have an appointment, she said she broke down in hysterics.  

Hall told Willis that he knew Grant from training at the center, and appeared visibly upset when he recounted the events, the morning of his death.

He said: ‘I have the same question everyone else has. How did he end up under the truck. It seems very odd.’

A GoFundMe created by Freedom for Gracie is to help raise funds so the family is able to conduct their own investigation into Grant’s death.

Angie said that the money will go towards exhumation, out-of-state autopsy, accident reconstruction, and an increased reward.

They are also working with private forensic company to obtain a CAD – a computerized-aided design-  to help with the accident reconstruction of the scene using the topography of the land and specs of the truck as part of their investigation.

The family has also created a petition on change.org that has also gone viral to help reopen the investigation. The petition has garnered more than 326,977 signatures towards their goal of 500,000.

Grant would have turned 22 in June. His unexplained death has left the family reeling in pain, and Grant’s mother will not rest until she gets justice for her son. 

As of Thursday, the GoFundMe has has raised nearly $130,000 towards their goal of $250,000.



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