Teen killed in Rutherford County while helping mom change tire

Teen killed in Rutherford County while helping mom change tire

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SMYRNA, Tenn (WKRN) - A 13-year-old boy was killed on Interstate 24 in Rutherford County Thursday after he was struck by a car while changing his mother's flat tire.

Police said 33-year-old Tina Wilson of Murfreesboro was driving at a high rate of speed in westbound lanes when she switched lanes and lost control.

Wilson's car crossed over the center lane into the emergency lane under the Sam Ridley overpass.

She struck Clifton Braunwalder, 13, narrowly missing the boy's younger sister.

Braunwalder's mother, Sondra, was also hit as she stood in front of the car.

The family was transported to StoneCrest Medical Center where the boy was pronounced dead.  The mother's condition was not immediately known.

Family members said Clifton was involved in sports, Boy Scouts and served the community.

"Clifton was a sweet young man who was strong in his faith and had a smile and a joke for everyone," the statement said.

Another motorist that saw Wilson flee the scene followed her and contacted authorities.

Officers took her into custody a short time later at a business park off Harding Pike and Metroplex Drive.

News 2 spoke with Wilson's passenger, Jennifer Hernandez, who said their car was hit by a van.  That detail, however, is not noted in the traffic report from the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

Wilson was charged with leaving the scene of a fatal crash and failure to give immediate notification of a fatal crash.  Additional charges are possible.

She was released from jail early Friday morning before 1 a.m. on $5,000 bond.

Her first court appearance is set for July 25.

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