Chris Phinney Hit By Car, Driver Uninsured

In October of 2019, our friend  Chris was hit by a car while walking across a crosswalk in Midtown, Memphis, Tennessee. The driver does not have insurance. 

The son of a veteran, he had just attended the historical marker unveiling for the rock club Antenna -- an establishment he worked at in the '80s and '90s as one of the booking managers.

Chris was immediately sent to The Med, where they learned he had multiple fractures, head trauma, hip trauma, and more. Following multiple tests, they also learned a mass had been aggravated by the collision and needed urgent attention. He was transferred to Methodist, where he endured multiple surgeries and about a month in the hospital.

He is now wheelchair bound until he can fully heal.

His injuries and lasting trauma have made it impossible for him to start any new work. As an East Memphis contractor and painter, Chris has been an active contributing member of the community, beautifying the homes and buildings of long-term residents and businesses (even iconic institutions like STAX Records). 

As if the accident wasn't bad enough, a month prior, he lost his girlfriend to natural causes. He'd also been dealing with a divorce, the loss of his mother, and a previous injury from a fall. Said previous injury had made it challenging to work for years before this, but just as he was starting to get work again, now it's not even a question. 

Chris is a good man. He once found a hundred dollar bill in a Kroger parking lot and returned it to guest services just in case the owner called. He's also the father of four children, three of which he'd still been providing for throughout the past ten years. In his spare time, Chris had also continued his passion of music, working in the underground electronic rock scene.

This is a man who has tirelessly given the majority of his life to those around him, and now it's time we help him in return. Please consider donating whatever you can to help Chris cover hospital costs, living costs, etc. Any amount helps. Thank you so much.

(Below are photos of Chris throughout the years.)


Molly McNamee
Memphis, TN

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