MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A Mid-South mom is accused of killing a pedestrian in a hit-and-run and endangering her 7-year-old son while under the influence of prescription Xanax.
Cynthia Bargery, 47, was booked into the Shelby County Jail Wednesday on a number of charges, including DUI-child endangerment, driving under the influence of drugs, leaving the scene of an accident involving death and reckless driving.
Bargery has a long rap sheet in Shelby County, including a history of driving under the influence.
According to police, another driver followed Bargery after she hit and killed Rozelle Clayton near Holmes and Tulane Roads Wednesday morning and called police.
Several minutes later, Bargery hit a mailbox, swerved into oncoming traffic and crashed in the woods, according to the arrest affidavit obtained by WREG.
"That’s awful, that’s bad," said Leslie Wilson, whose mailbox was one police say Bargery hit. "Then when I heard on the police radio that they had passed, I said, 'That’s pitiful.'"
Police found Bargery’s 7-year-old son in the front seat of her crashed car, arrest records show. Fortunately, he’s ok.
Police say Bargery told them she was on Xanax and had just filled the prescription the day before. But judging by what was left in the bottle, investigators believe she could have taken more than 20 pills in that one-day span.
"She should know better than that," Wilson said. "But this is the world. A lot of things happening that shouldn’t happen."
Car parts and that crushed mailbox still lay in front of Wilson’s house, and he tells WREG he and his neighbors' mailboxes have been plowed down several other times in the 35 years he’s lived here.
"That’s not the first time," he said. "They’ve been knocked down four or five more times before then, so we didn’t do nothing but just put them back up."
Bargery has been arrested dozens of times for everything from prostitution, to aggravated assault, theft, drug charges and some of the same charges she’s facing now.
In 1991, she served time for driving under the influence of drugs, DUI and reckless driving.
She was convicted again in 2015 of leaving the scene of an accident.
Bargery was booked into jail after being checked out at the hospital.
She faced a judge Friday morning and is being held on a $100,000 dollar bond.