Woman Accused Of Stealing From Crash Victim

Posted at 7:49 PM, Jul 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-20 07:28:10-04

A Robertson County woman appeared in court to face allegations that she stole a wallet from a crash victim who had just died rather than calling 911. 

The stolen credit card was reportedly used before law enforcement even finished clearing the wreck site. 

Brittney McCoy was at the Robertson County General Sessions Court Tuesday morning to waive her right to a preliminary hearing. 

The 26-year-old woman's case was bound over to a grand jury.

McCoy has been charged with burglary, tampering with evidence, theft of property and fraudulent use of a credit card.

Officials with the Greenbrier Police Department said McCoy stole several items on July 1 from 67-year-old Ronald Clinard just after he was killed in a single-vehicle crash outside her home on Highway 41.

"She doesn't understand what she has done to our family and I don't think she cares," said Robin Hawkins, Clinard's daughter. 

Some of Clinard's family was also at the courtroom. They said what McCoy was accused of committing was nothing short of despicable. 

Hawkins was returning to her home in Greenbrier after visiting her in-laws when she and her husband passed the wreck. She recognized the pickup truck and asked her husband to find out who the victim was.

"He told me it was my Dad," Hawkins recalled. "I immediately dropped my phone and jumped out of my car screaming."

Hawkins said one of the first person she came across was McCoy, who immediately approached to console her.

"She said she was sorry for everything and told me he died in her arms," Hawkins said.

It was not clear if Clinard died in the crash or shortly after, meaning his family may never know if anything could have been done to save his life. 

McCoy offered to buy Hawkins a drink and quickly returned to the scene after purchasing cigarettes, beer and other items from a nearby convenience store.

Police said she used Clinard's credit card to buy the items.

Furthermore, authorities said even as McCoy consoled Hawkins, she never even called 911 emergency dispatch.

Officials said McCoy handed the victim's drivers license when officers responded to the scene.

"She stood there like she's done nothing," said Hawkins.

Hawkins said she pieced together exactly what happened when her father's credit card was discovered missing. She then called the bank and learned about the charges. 

Clinard was an Air Force veteran and later owned a gutter and sheet metal company. He loved to fish and hunt and was known to be a jokester. 

He was survived by Hawkins, his two sons, wife, brother and eight grandchildren, with a ninth on the way. 

"I love him," Hawkins tearfully said. "You always think if I had been two minutes earlier what I could've said to him. It was not his time to go."

Clinard was buried at the Tennessee Veterans National Cemetery in Pegram.

Greenbrier Police Chief K.D. Smith was quoted saying McCoy's alleged actions were among the most disgusting crimes he has seen.

McCoy's next court appearance was scheduled for September 16.

While in court, she also pled guilty for a probation violation.