Car strikes child on Silver Street

Friday, November 13, 2009

A car struck a child while she was riding her bicycle on Silver Street, according to a report on file at the Lewisburg Police Department.

The victim's grandmother called police at about 5 p.m. Nov. 3. LPD Officer Steve Sanders Jr. interviewed a witness who lives on Silver Street. The witness, who later provided a written statement, told Sanders the vehicle involved was a green Nissan Sentra. The witness stated, "The car struck a young girl on a bicycle. A black female exited the vehicle and checked on the girl. After speaking with the girl...(she) got into the vehicle and left."

The witness further stated that the driver lived on Tankersley Avenue.

According to Sanders' report, Officer Larry Hazelwood checked the area, "and made contact with Dara S. Vaughn who stated that she had been driving the green Nissan."

Vaughn reportedly told officers she fled the scene because "she was scared," but refused to write a statement.

The Nissan was found at an address on 7th Avenue, and the damage to the car was photographed.

The child sustained cuts to her foot and a bump on the head, and was transported to Marshall Medical Center for treatment, where police photographed her injuries.

Vaughn, 18, was arrested and charged with hit and run-personal injury, leaving the scene of an accident, and failure to report an accident. Vaughn's bond was set at $1,500 and she is due in court on Dec. 7.