We have more news on the fatal hit and run accident that occurred as a 13-year old boy was changing a tire on his mother’s car on the side of I-24 in Smyrna on Thursday. The woman who is accused of hitting Clifton Braunwalder and his mother Sondra was released from jail after posting bond early Friday morning and then by mid-morning, she was back behind bars on new charges.
Tina L. Wilson was originally charged with “Leaving the scene of an accident involving bodily injury,” but shortly after posting bond, State Troopers filed a warrant charging her with “Vehicular Homicide and Aggravated Vehicular Assault.” According to the Booking Department at the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center, she is being held without bond.
Clifton, who died after being struck by the car that was said to be operated by Wilson, was a local scout who has been described by friends as a child who never hesitated to do good for others. His mother Sondra Braunwalder survived the wreck, but not without injury. She is recovering at this time. Clifton’s 12-year old sister was also standing near the family car when her brother was struck and killed in front of her. WGNS is not releasing her name out of respect for the family.
The actual THP report from Thursday shows that Wilson is suspected of being under the influence of drugs. Blood test are being conducted at this time and could take as long as two weeks to be returned.
In 2013, Wilson was said to be involved in a driving mishap during a domestic violence call where she narrowly missed hitting her child when backing up. In that case, charges were filed, but she was not convicted. See that news story from 2013 HERE.
See the original news story for the hit and run accident that details the Highway Patrol accident report HERE.