An alleged hit-and-run crash on East Tennessee Avenue injured two women on Monday afternoon, authorities said.
The crash was reported at about 1:30 p.m. Monday, the Oak Ridge Police Department said.
The women were struck by a vehicle on East Tennessee Avenue near Town Road as several pedestrians were crossing the road from Gallo Loco restaurant, which is on the south side of East Tennessee, to the north side of the road, the ORPD said.
Officers said a black truck had stopped for the pedestrians while they crossed the street. A beige Toyota Corolla, which was traveling behind the black truck, drove onto the sidewalk, passing the black truck, and struck two women, a press release said. The Toyota Corolla then allegedly fled the scene.
“Officers canvased the area and located the vehicle near the Grove Market on Robertsville Road,” the press release said. The driver of the vehicle was located a short distance from his vehicle and was detained, authorities said. The driver of the Toyota Corolla was identified as Steven Buxton, age 62, of Oak Ridge, according to the ORPD.
“During the course of the investigation, officers learned that the Toyota Corolla had also struck two vehicles in the Grove Center parking lot,” the press release said.
Buxton was charged with two counts of aggravated assault and transported to the Anderson County Detention Facility in Clinton, the press release said. Additional charges are pending.
The two women struck by the car had non-life threatening injuries. Both were transported to Methodist Medical Center for treatment.
“The investigation is ongoing, and no further information will be released at this time,” the press release said.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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