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Boyfriend Arrested In Hermitage Crash Identified

Posted at 2:37 PM, Aug 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-08 20:34:22-04

A woman was seriously injured in a crash off of Interstate 40, and her boyfriend has been arrested.

The wreck happened on Old Hickory Boulevard around 11:30 p.m. Friday.

Authorities said a red SUV going south rear-ended a car on the I-40 overpass.

The driver of that car wasn't injured, but officials said the SUV kept on going and crashed into a utility pole at the Bell Road intersection about a mile away.

Police found the driver of the SUV, Robert Weaver hiding on his porch on the 200 block of Misty Cape Road. According to the police report, he was covered in blood and grass from running from police for about one mile.

He was described as having bloodshot eyes and slurred speech. He was allegedly asking where his girlfriend was.

His girlfriend though, Tonia Cartwright, was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries at Vanderbilt University Medical Center where she was given low chances of survival.

Authorities said Cartwright suffered head trauma from where she hit the utility pole. Further information on her condition had not been released.

Weaver's Neighbors tried to understand why he would leave his girlfriend.

Mike Johns said, "He had to be wasted. That's a shame people get out and drive like that. That's said." 

Officers surveyed the crash scene and gathered data to piece together how fast the SUV was going and any other details that will help in the investigation.

Police said he was charged with 8 counts that included vehicular assault and driving on a suspended license.

Paul Thornton said, "Evidently he didn't love her if he left her in the vehicle like that."

His bond was set at $115,000.