Suspect in deadly I-24W hit-and-run held without bond

Tina Wilson, 33, was booked into the Rutherford County Jail Friday morning after investigators took out warrants for vehicular homicide and aggravated vehicular assault

Tina Wilson (Source: WTVF)

SMYRNA, Tenn. (WTVF) – The woman charged in a hit-and-run crash that killed a 13-year-old boy who was changing a flat tire has been denied bond.

Tina Wilson, 33, was booked into the Rutherford County Jail Friday morning after investigators took out warrants for vehicular homicide and aggravated vehicular assault. She had previously been released overnight on bond.

She was initially charged with failure to give immediate notification of a fatal crash and leaving the scene of an accident following Thursday's crash. A DUI charge that was filed against her was dropped, but Sgt. Bill Miller with the Tennessee Highway Patrol said blood samples were being tested.

The two additional charges were filed Friday morning.

Troopers said around 1:40 p.m. Thursday, Wilson hit Clifton Braunwalder, 13, of Lascassas while he was changing a flat tire on the side of I-24 west in Smyrna. His mother Sondra Braunwalder, 47, and sister Louann, 12, were also standing by the car.

Troopers said Wilson lost control of her car, swerved and hit Clifton along with his mother.

"What we have is a terrible incident, an awful incident," said Sgt. Bill Miller with the Tennessee Highway Patrol. "This could have been avoided, should have been avoided."

Officials said a good Samaritan helped investigators track down Wilson in Davidson County. She was arrested and booked in the Rutherford County jail. A passenger in her vehicle was not hurt and has not been charged in connection with the crash, according to investigators.

The two right lanes of the interstate were shut down for several hours at mile marker 66 following the crash.

Sky 5 HD showed a white car pulled over on the right side of the interstate with its flashers on. There were skid marks veering away from the vehicle, which had a spare tire on its front driver's side and its emergency lights flashing.

Clifton and Sondra were transported to StoneCrest Medical Center in Smyrna where Clifton was pronounced dead. Sondra is recovering from non-life threatening injuries. Louann was not hurt.

Wilson's vehicle was seized and will be analyzed at the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's crime lab.

A Murfreesboro Police report from February 2013 showed Wilson was charged with reckless endangerment with a vehicle when she nearly struck her 6-year-old daughter during a domestic dispute. The case was later dismissed.


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