Woman arrested in Morristown hit-and-run at bus stop, faces charges for texting while driving

Heather Williams (source: Morristown Police Department)

MORRISTOWN (WATE) – Police in Morristown say they have arrested a driver accused hit a 6-year-old boy who was getting off the school bus Monday evening.

The police department said in a tweet Wednesday night Heather Williams was in custody in connection with the incident.

The Morristown Police Department says the boy was getting off the bus around 6:05 p.m. at Lincoln Avenue near Kennedy Circle when the driver says a white or gray car drove around the school bus. The boy walked around the stopped bus when the vehicle struck the boy and fled the scene.

The boy was taken to Morristown Hamblen Hospital for treatment of injuries. Only four days after the incident, John Paul Wayne Taylor is back at Lincoln Elementary School. His mother, Jennifer Chess, says he complained about his hip being sore – but still wanted to go back with his friends.

“I hate my son getting hit to show the consequences of a bad decision,” said Jennifer Chess. She was notified of the hit and run while she was at work and said now every time her phone rings she thinks her children are in danger.

When Taylor was hit, his cousin carried him out of the street. Alex Gulley, Chess’ first cousin, said he waits everyday on the hill of their home for Taylor to get off the bus.

“It [doesn’t] make sense. This shouldn’t of happened,” said Gully.

Jennifer Chess added, “Now, every time he gets off the bus I’m wondering if he’s okay…I’m going to feel that way for a while.”

Investigators say Williams admitted to texting while driving. She claimed she did not know she hit the child.

Williams is being held at the Hamblen County Jail on a $70,000 bond. She faces charges for texting while driving, leaving the scene of an accident involving personal injury and passing a stopped school bus.


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