NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A driver has been charged after a 2-year-old child was hit by an SUV in a north Nashville neighborhood Saturday evening.
According to arrest affidavits, 45-year-old Steve Works was arrested Saturday night and charged with vehicular assault and possession of a controlled substance.
The incident occurred shortly after 4:30 p.m. in the 1800 block of Meade Avenue, between Haynes Street and Liberia Street.
Witnesses at the scene said a tan GMC Yukon drove through the front yard of a home, striking the young boy before crashing into another vehicle parked in a driveway. The two-year-old had been riding his bike in the yard when he was struck.
Works had allegedly been asleep in his SUV, parked in the road, prior to the crash. According to police, he awoke suddenly and accelerated, driving off the road.
The 2-year-old was transported to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital and listed in stable condition. His injuries are non-life-threatening, according to police. Family members told News 2 the little boy was struck in front of his brother.
According to an affidavit, an open Bud Light Lime bottle and cocaine were found in Works’ SUV. Works performed a field sobriety test and showed signs of impairment, according to officers. Although officers told News 2 at the scene that Works would be charged with DUI, he has not yet been charged, pending the results of his blood test.
Paula Young lives a few doors down from the crime scene and told News 2 the tan SUV was parked in front of her house on Meade Avenue and that the driver was slumped over in his vehicle before it started rolling.
“All I saw was after he rolled over the little boy, and the little boy just like rolled, and we didn’t know if he was okay, if he wasn’t. It just freaked me out. I’ve been freaked out ever since,” said Jones.
Works’ bond is set at $105,000 and he is due in court on Oct. 11.