Crime

Driver arraigned on felony charges for hit-and-run that injured teen

Stewart Smith, 34, was charged with several offenses including DUI, assault and leaving the scene of an accident.
Stewart Smith, 34, was charged with several offenses including DUI, assault and leaving the scene of an accident. Fayette County jail

Lexington police have charged two people after a hit-and-run accident on Richmond Road that injured a 14-year-old girl.

Stewart Smith, 34, was charged with several offenses including DUI, assault and leaving the scene of an accident. Alison Green, a passenger, also was charged. Both Smith and Green pleaded not guilty.

The charges stem from an accident at 2:39 p.m. Tuesday on Richmond Road near McDonald's. Smith was driving a U-Haul truck that struck the teen as she and another teenage girl were crossing Richmond Road, Lexington police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said. The other teen was not injured.

The injured girl, whom Roberts did not identify, was taken to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital with serious injuries. Roberts said Wednesday that the girl was recovering.

Witnesses said the U-Haul truck was pulling a trailer that was carrying a vehicle. Police stopped the truck about 30 minutes later near the 102-mile marker on Interstate 75.

An officer wrote in his police report, filed Wednesday in Fayette District court, that Smith smelled strongly of alcohol, had bloodshot eyes and was confused.

The officer asked Smith and Green to step out of the vehicle. He asked Smith if he could search the vehicle and Smith said yes, according to court documents. During the search, a sergeant yelled and said he saw Green, 34, put something in a plastic bag. Green spit out the bag of drugs behind her, the officer's report said. The report says the bag contained diazepam, which is used to treat muscle spasms and anxiety, and clonazepam, an anti-anxiety drug. The officer found an open bottle of vodka in the vehicle, and said Smith had hydrocodone, an addictive narcotic, and diazepam.

The police report said Smith refused to take a blood-alcohol test. It also said he tried to destroy the drugs by throwing it into the nearby grass, according to court documents.

On Wednesday, Smith and Green were arraigned on their charges. A not-guilty plea was entered on Smith's behalf, and Judge Julie Muth Goodman scheduled a preliminary hearing for June 24. Bond was set at $5,000.

Smith is not from Kentucky, but he will stay with an aunt, Kori Cox. A Columbus, Ohio address is listed in court documents as the residence for both Smith and Green. Smith is restricted to Lexington until a motion is made with different terms.

Goodman said she wants Smith to wear an ankle bracelet and submit to random drug testing.

As she was leaving the courthouse, Smith's aunt said her nephew is crushed by what happened.

Green pleaded not guilty to possession of controlled substances and tampering with evidence.

Her next court date was scheduled for June 24. Goodman said an attorney would be appointed for Green.

Afterward, Green declined to comment.

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