Woman charged with DWI after hitting a teenager pushing a stroller

Oct. 03, 2013 @ 11:45 AM

Thomasville police charged a woman with DWI after she struck a teenager pushing a stroller on Salem Street.

According to a Thomasville Police Department press release, officers on Wednesday evening at 8:50 p.m. responded to 314 Salem St. in reference to a motor vehicle collision involving a car and two pedestrians.

A preliminary investigation revealed a 2007 BMW, driven by Erin Renee Trotter, 30, of 225 Game Trail, failed to maintain her lane of travel and veered off the roadway to the right, striking a utility pole.  The car continued traveling after impact and hit a 13-year-old girl walking on the sidewalk pushing a 2-year-old child in a stroller. The teenager was treated at Novant Health Thomasville Medical Center for minor injuries. The 2-year-old suffered no injuries.

"We were very fortunate that this incident did not result in more serious injury or death," Sgt. John Elgin said. "There was another pedestrian that happened to be pushing an empty stroller that was with the other two victims. The empty stroller also was struck by the BMW, causing it to be wedged underneath and dragged for 60 feet."

Police charged Trotter with driving while impaired and resisting arrest. She was placed in the Davidson County Jail and issued a $2,000 secured bond. Trotter is scheduled to appear in court on Oct. 23.

Staff Writer Eliot Duke can be reached at 888-3578 or duke@tvilletimes.com.