A Tennessee driver stands accused of intentionally running over pedestrians on Monday, killing a pregnant mother and her 2-year-old son and injuring two other people, according to police.
The driver, identified as William David Phillips, 33, struck and killed the pedestrians at random, Monday afternoon. He first hit pedestrian Tillman Gunter, 61, before driving less than a mile and running over 30-year-old Sierra Wilson Cahoon, who was pregnant, and her 2-year-old son Nolan, according to a statement from the Jefferson City Police Department.
Officers found the mother and her son died at the scene. Phillips’ car crashed into a fish hatchery in Jefferson City, about 30 miles east of Knoxville. The owner of Sustainable Aquatics, John Carberry, says thousands of fish died and more than 10,000 gallons (37,800 liters) of water spilled from the building. A store employee and Gunter were taken to a hospital with minor cuts that were not life-threatening.
Phillips, of Jefferson City, is arrested and faces two counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted first-degree murder.
The Knoxville News Sentinel reports the release states he is expected to be charged with another count of first-degree murder in connection with the death of the unborn child.