Guard Directing Church Traffic Struck By Car

According to Memphis, TN Fox 13, “Memphis Police said they have charged a 14-year-old boy, who was behind the wheel of a car, in a high-speed hit-an-run incident that severely injured a church security officer Sunday morning outside Second Presbyterian Church in East Memphis.

The accident took place at around 11:15 a.m. on Poplar Avenue and South Goodlett Street.

the teenager, who was driving westbound on Poplar Avenue in a Chevrolet Malibu, struck a security officer in a reflective yellow vest at a high rate of speed and kept on driving.

Police said the car was going at least 80mph.

The church security officer had stopped traffic to let out vehicles after services at Second Presbyterian Church. Police said the underage driver went around stopped traffic in the turn lane and opposing traffic lanes moments before the teen struck the security traffic guard.

The 56-year-old victim hit the car’s windshield and was forced into the air about 100-feet before landing in the ground.

The security guard suffered several broken bones and was taken to the Regional Medical Center for treatment. Police said the victim was last listed in non-critical condition.

The vehicle slowed down briefly after the collision but continued westbound on Poplar toward Highland. Witnesses said an unknown black pickup truck spun around and chased the Malibu while calling police.

Officers said they found the vehicle in question at 3030 Poplar Ave. at the Chickasaw Oaks Village Mall Shopping Center and detained the male driver, who was found to be 14. There were two passengers in the car, a male and a female, police said, but reportedly fled on foot before officers arrived.

The 14-year-old driver told an officer he was traveling about 80mph when he struck the church security guard.

Police charged the teenager with charged with reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident with serious bodily injuries, and driving without a license. He was taken to Shelby County Juvenile Court.”

There is a video and additional information on Fox 13’s website

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