A Mother’s Day gathering took a somber turn Sunday when a small boy was struck by a vehicle during a family get-together.
The child, identified as a 4-year-old male, was hit by a 2008 Audi in the driveway of 627 John Lawson Road at approximately 1 p.m. on Mother’s Day. He was airlifted to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital with unknown injuries.
The driver, Alexandria Gale Smartt, 33, was arrested and charged with vehicular assault, reckless endangerment and reckless aggravated assault.
“They were at a family gathering,” said Warren County Sheriff’s Department Major Jason Walker. “Evidently there was some type of dispute and she (Smartt) decided to leave. When she backed up, she heard a scream and felt a bump. When she got out of the vehicle, the child was underneath it. She had backed over the child.”
Walker provided the following report information:
Responding to the scene was Warren County deputy Calvin Hammond, who noted an odor of alcohol on Smartt’s breath. He requested the department’s drug recognition expert. A DRE is a law enforcement officer trained to recognize impairment in drivers under the influence of drugs other than, or in addition to, alcohol.
DRE deputy Brystol Davis conducted an examination and found Smartt was under the influence.
She was taken into custody and transported to Warren County Sheriff’s Department for booking.
Smartt was not charged with driving under the influence.
“The DUI statute requires the driver to be in a public place or an area frequented by the public,” said Walker. “Because this incident occurred on private property, she couldn’t be charged with DUI.”
Smartt’s bail was set at $22,500. She was released later that same evening.