Sevierville Police Department detectives have arrested and charged 47-year old Pablo Hernandez of Sevierville, TN with felony leaving the scene of an accident with serious bodily injury, after he allegedly hit two children this morning on Main Street and then left the scene. (See original media release below for additional details.)
Following the incident, detectives with the Sevier County Sheriff’s Office received information as to the identity of the driver. Shortly thereafter the driver came to the SCSO of his own accord. After being interviewed by SPD and SCSO investigators, Mr. Hernandez was placed under arrest. A citation for operating a vehicle without a valid driver’s license is pending.
The two children who were struck were transported to the University of Tennessee Medical Center. The 6-year old male victim is in critical condition and the 16-year old male victim has multiple non-life threatening injuries.
Anyone with information regarding this incident who has not already been in contact with law enforcement is asked to call SPD Sgt. Graham Brantley at 865-868-1748.
All persons are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
ORIGINAL MEDIA RELEASE-02/20/20 0942.
Just before 7:00 a.m. this morning, Thursday, February 20, 2020, Sevierville Police and Fire Departments responded to a report of two children being struck by a vehicle in the area of 701 West Main Street.
According to witnesses, a pick-up truck traveling west on West Main Street struck the two children as they were crossing the road. After hitting the children, the driver reportedly fled the scene in the truck.
Both children were transported to the University of Tennessee Medical Center by the Sevier County Ambulance Service. One child was reportedly in critical condition. The condition of the second child is unknown.
SPD and Sevier County Sheriff’s Office investigators are interviewing a possible suspect.
Additional information will be released as the investigation progresses.