Hit-and-run suspect allegedly swerved at victim

Jeff Bobo • Updated Sep 13, 2017 at 12:25 PM

CHURCH HILL — A Hawkins County man is facing several charges including felony reckless endangerment for allegedly nearly striking another man with his vehicle while fleeing the scene of a wreck in Church Hill earlier this month.

Robert William Taylor, 24, 914 Holliston Mills Road, Church Hill, was arrested Friday on an outstanding Church Hill Police Department warrant stemming from the incident that occurred on Sept. 2.

On the afternoon of Sept. 2, the CHPD responded to a crash at the intersection of Highway 11-W and Goshen Valley Road.

The victim told police he was stopped at the traffic light when the van he was driving was rear-ended by a white Chevy Blazer.

At the time of the accident, the van, which was “heavily damaged,” contained two adults and two children ages 4 and 7, none of whom required immediate medical attention.

The victim told CHPD Officer Kevin Grigsby that he exited his vehicle to speak to the driver of the Blazer.

“(The victim) stated that as he went to speak to the driver of the Blazer, the driver of the Blazer accelerated, and came toward him, almost running him over,” Grigsby stated in his report. “(The victim) stated he had to take evasive action to avoid being struck. The Blazer then left the scene and began heading west on Highway 11-W.”

The victim was able to get the Blazer’s license plate number, which came back to Taylor.

The victim then identified Taylor by picking his driver’s license photo out of a photo lineup.

A computer check revealed that Taylor’s license has been revoked since 2011 on multiple counts of failure to satisfy citations and failure to appear.

Taylor was charged with felony reckless endangerment, driving on a revoked license, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to exercise due care and failure to report an accident.

He appeared in Sessions Court Monday and is scheduled to appear in Sessions Court again on Nov. 7.             

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