The Morristown Police Department in Hamblen County, Tennessee reported 37-year-old Heather Williams confessed to texting while driving. Her negligence caused her to hit a child who was waiting at a school bus stop near Lincoln Heights Elementary School on Monday, October 24.
Williams is facing charges of leaving the scene of an accident involving personal injury, passing a school bus stop sign, and texting while driving. In an interview with local news channel WBIR 10News, Jennifer Chess, the mother of six-year-old victim John Paul Taylor, said the boy sustained sore knees, some cuts, and bruises, but was already back to school by Thursday, October 27. Chess noted, “I thought he broke a bunch of bones. But guardian angels were watching over him.”
MPD Chief Roger Overholt emphasized the dangers of distracted driving, saying, “The incident demonstrates, once again, the danger of texting and driving, and, that while the child sustained non-threatening injuries in this incident, the outcome could have been far worse.”
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