A Hendersonville man faces DUI and vehicular assault charges after striking two Beech High School students with his car on Wednesday.
Joey Allen, 42 of Hickory Heights Drive, was booked into the Sumner County Jail late Wednesday after first requesting to go to Hendersonville Medical Center following a crash that also sent two students, ages 15 and 16 to Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
According to Sumner County Schools Spokesperson Jeremy Johnson, both students were in stable condition on Thursday. Johnson also said the school had extra counselors on-hand for students affected either by witnessing the accident or out of concern for the teens.
Beech High School Principal Kenny Powell notified parents and students of the incident through social media late Wednesday.
"Two of our students were seriously injured in an accident involving a vehicle this afternoon," he said. "Both families appreciate all of your thoughts and prayers and as always I know our Beech family and Shackle Island community will continue to support these families through the healing process."
According to a police affidavit, the teens were struck at around 3:30 p.m. by a Nissan Sentra driven by Allen as they walked through the parking lot of Worsham's Market on New Hope Road.
Four witnesses gave first-hand accounts of the crash, including two witnesses who told police they saw Allen's car swerving from Tyree Springs Road "to the curve," and that they had been trying to call 911 as they followed. After the curve, the witness said, "the driver sped up and when she saw the two boys walking, she blew the horn to warn them but it was too late."
Another witness described seeing a white car "fly by" from the window of Worsham's, veer off the road, and hit the two teens as they were walking from the market. He said the driver did not appear to swerve or slow down.
Police determined that Allen was traveling south on New Hope Road when he veered into the northbound lane, hit the teens in the market parking lot, and stopped on the edge of a creek.
Allen admitted to having smoked Meth after getting out of court at 10:30 a.m. that day, according to the affidavit. Several field sobriety tests were conducted and he consented to a blood draw. The affidavit also states that Allen has a prior DUI conviction in Maury County from 2015.
Allen is charged with DUI, two counts of vehicular Assault, driving on a revoked license and violation of financial responsibility. His bond was set at $150,000. He is scheduled to appear in General Sessions court on December 19 at 9 a.m.