The Tennessee Highway Patrol recently arrested a man from Murfreesboro after he allegedly hit a 6-year-old boy in Smyrna with his car. The 52-year-old man has been charged with leaving an accident scene that involved an injury, drug paraphernalia possession and driving with a suspended driver’s license. He will also face charges of aggravated vehicular assault.
Authorities say that the accident occurred at about 7:30 p.m. on a recent Sunday. Allegedly, the man hit the 6-year-old boy, who was riding his skateboard. The man is said to have fled the accident scene. He might have escaped, if it were not for two witnesses who followed him and later informed authorities of his whereabouts.
The Sheriff’s Department for Rutherford County along with Tennessee Highway Patrol Officers confirmed that the assailant was indeed a guest at the motel where the witnesses said he was hiding. Officers proceeded to obtain a warrant to enter the man’s motel room, and they arrested him. After breaching the door of his room, they apprehended the man without incident. The man must now face various criminal charges in court.
The injured boy required transportation to the hospital for treatment. Although his injuries were not thought to be life-threatening, the emergency hospital care that he required will likely be costly and represent a significant financial burden on his family. It appears that the boy's family may be able to pursue a personal injury claim for financial restitution against the alleged hit-and-run driver who -- according to the authorities -- caused this accident to occur.
Source: clarksvilleonline.com, "Tennessee Highway Patrol arrests Man after Hit and Run Accident involving Six Year Old Child in Rutherford County", , Jun 9, 2014