CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A family of four in Clarksville is recovering after their car was hit by an alleged drunk driver.
According to a police report, the Waymans were struck by a red Dodge Ram 1500 at the intersection of Crestview Drive and Needmore Road Wednesday night. They had their 2-year-old daughter and 6-year-old son in the car with them.
Krystal Waymans, the mother, suffered an ankle injury and had to be transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She is expected to make a full recovery.
“My family is safe. God was with us that night,”said Kystal’s husband, Michael, who just came home from deployment.
After the crash, police responded to the intersection of Tiny Town Road and Peachers Mill Road where witnesses reported seeing the truck traveling north.
Police found the vehicle stuck in a ditch. It had significant front end damage and no working headlights.
Officers arrested 22-year-old Chanae Gillespie, a soldier at Fort Campbell. According to a police report, she had trouble speaking, couldn’t walk straight, and smelled of alcohol. Gillespie told News 2 she drank three beers Wednesday and doesn’t remember much else about that night.
She apologized, saying, “I wish it never happened.”
Gillespie has been charged with DUI, vehicular assault, and leaving the scene of an accident involving injury. She does not have any prior charges, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.
The Waymens are now without a car and cannot travel to Illinois to see family for Christmas. Even so, Michael says he’s still thankful.
“I lost a car but I still have my family. We still get to unwrap gifts on Christmas. I don’t get to see all of my family since the car is down. The main thing is I got the little ones here and my wife.”