Children in critical condition after being struck by car

Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 1:14pm
Staff reports

A brother and sister struck by a car this morning as they tried to avoid two dogs remain in critical condition at Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital on Thursday afternoon.

Nadia Smalley, 10, and Evan Smalley, 8, were walking on West Trinity Lane at 8:15 a.m. to Bordeaux Elementary School — after apparently missing the school bus — when two dogs ran off of a porch and toward the two children.

Frightened, the brother and sister ran into the street where a 2003 Pontiac Grand Prix driven by Linda Jennings struck them.

Police said Jennings had little time to react, and she hasn’t been charged.

Metro Animal Control cited the dogs’ owner Lottie Berry, 59, of 1012 W. Trinity Lane for letting the Chihuahua and Beagle mix run loose as well as for them not having current rabies vaccinations.

Berry is to appear in Metro Environmental Court on June 30.

4 Comments on this post:

By: localboy on 5/27/10 at 1:35

Were the dogs loose? If so, the owner is at least as responsible as the driver...

By: CP102 on 5/27/10 at 3:06

environmental court? what a joke.

By: budlight on 5/28/10 at 8:40

localboy, I'd say more than "at least"; I'd say the dog owner is 100% responsible. I hope these children heal quickly.

Yesterday I had a dog nipper nipping at my heals. The owner contained him quickly; scared me to death and I'm 63; my heart goes out to those children.

By: slzy on 5/28/10 at 3:53

there should be some type of board somewhere to post descriptions of dogs running loose and an address nearby.