Mother Injured After Back To Back Hit-And-Runs

Posted at 7:15 PM, Apr 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-04 23:21:55-04

A young mother who was stalled on the side of the road after a hit-and-run was injured when a separate vehicle struck her and never stopped.

The incident occurred on I-40 near MM 226 at around 5:30 a.m. on Sunday in Wilson County, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol. 

Amber Capps, 23, was driving with her boyfriend and friend. She was exiting when her boyfriend claimed another driver sideswiped the car and caused it to overturn. 

"All he remembered was the car spinning and rolling," Pamela Caruthers, the boyfriend's grandmother, mentioned. 

The friend who was riding in the backseat was not injured. 

Just moments after the rollover, Capps exited the overturned vehicle and was struck by an unknown vehicle, according to the preliminary report from the THP. However, the vehicle left the scene.

"I was stuck and the seat belt wouldn't come undone. She (Capps) helped me out," Capps' boyfriend, Decoryon Caruthers, told NewsChannel 5 on the phone.

Capps was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center with a broken hip and severe road rash. Decoryon was not seriously injured but has been by the side of the mother of his four-month-old daughter.

"He feels like it's his fault that she got hurt because she was coming to make sure he was ok when she got hit," Pamela added.

None of the passengers were able to grab the make and model of both vehicles. Pamela urged if anyone witnessed the hit-and-runs to contact law enforcement.

It is believed that Capps was not under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Charges are pending for the unknown driver who struck her.