Driver faces 3rd DUI charge after hitting 2 pedestrians; killing 1

Christopher Solomon (Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)
Christopher Solomon (Courtesy: Metro Nashville Police Department)

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Hendersonville man is facing his third DUI charge after he hit two pedestrians, killing one on Saturday.

Chris Solomon, 43, is expected to be charged with DUI, two counts of leaving the scene of an accident with injuries, one count of vehicular homicide and one count of vehicular assault.

According to police, he hit two pedestrians at 1:30 p.m. as they were walking along Donmond Drive near Air Float Drive.

Witnesses on the scene told News 2 the couple, who appeared to be in their 30s, had just bought chairs from a yard sale. They were reportedly going back to pick up the second set of chairs when they were hit.

“Sounded like he hit something substantial and I ran out to see what it was and found the people laying in the road and he was already gone,” a neighbor told News 2.

The man was taken to an emergency room in Hendersonville, and the woman was taken to an area hospital.

Police told News 2 the male victim passed away from his injuries late Saturday night.

According to police, Solomon did not stop after hitting the pedestrians. Authorities caught up to him inside his car a few blocks away.

Solomon was taken into custody and booked into the Sumner County Jail on a $300,000 bond.

While the speed limit on Donmond Drive is 25 mph, neighbors say speeding is a constant concern and there aren’t any sidewalks.

“It’s just really getting to be almost as worse as a racetrack,” Eric Melton explained. He has lived on the street for years and he wants more patrols in the area.

“Some people are coming all the way down and doing 50 or 60 some days.”

Following the crash, Hendersonville police were monitoring the street, but Melton says it’s a shame it took a tragedy for that to happen.

“It’s just really alarming. You don’t think sometimes that that will happen in your own neighborhood, and then when it does it’s just really a big concern for all of us, especially those with children.”

Photo: WKRN
Photo: WKRN