The alleged driver of the truck, Gregory Bruce Leake, 46, 5168 Highway 11-W, Rogersville, was arrested several hours after the incident and charged with leaving the scene of an accident with injury, failure to report an accident, and failure to render aid. He was released from the Hawkins County Jail Tuesday night on $5,000 bond.
Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Billy Collier told the Times-News Tuesday afternoon he’d identified the driver who fled the scene after running over the victim shortly before 11 a.m.
A BOLO (be on the lookout) was issued for Leake’s black Dodge Dakota pickup, and Leake was pulled over and arrested by a Hawkins County sheriff’s deputy near his home shortly before 7 p.m.
The Times-News acquired the name of the victim, Tina Herron, from other sources in law enforcement, although her age and address weren’t available. The HVMC confirmed Tuesday that Herron had been admitted and she was listed in fair condition.
Collier said he could not confirm any details about the circumstances of the incident, although he said another trooper who’d gone to see the victim at the hospital indicated she didn’t appear to have suffered life threatening injuries.
Rescuers communicating via radio about the accident stated on air that her head had been run over by the truck, that she was bleeding from her ears, and that she was awake, alert and responding to verbal commands.
The incident occurred shortly before 11 a.m. in Surgoinsville on Ridge Street near the Church Street intersection.
Surgoinsville Fire Chief Jason Johnson arrived at the scene after Herron had already been transported, but he received an account of the incident from a witness.
“(The witness) said that they parked — he (the driver) stopped at the end of the driveway to let her out,” Johnson said. “She got out and slipped and fell coming down the driveway, and he (the driver) didn’t know it and started to pull out.”
Collier said he acquired a statement from a witness that Leake “got scared and fled the scene.”
Collier added that the incident was still under investigation and other charges may be pending.