Police: Pregnant mother, son killed in vehicular rampage

JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. — Police arrested a driver accused of intentionally running over pedestrians in Tennessee, killing a pregnant mother and her toddler son.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports Jefferson City police say 33-year-old William David Phillips struck and killed the pedestrians at random Monday afternoon. Authorities identified the dead victims as 30-year-old Sierra Wilson Cahoon, who was pregnant, and her 2-year-old son Nolan.

Investigators say Phillips first hit 61-year-old Tillman Gunter. He suffered minor injuries.

Then, police say Phillips drove onto the sidewalk, struck the Cahoons and crashed into a fish hatchery. John Carberry owns Sustainable Aquatics and says thousands of fish died and more than 10,000 gallons (37,800 liters) of water spilled from the building. He says one employee suffered minor cuts.

According to WATE, Phillips was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder.

After the incident, the suspect allegedly told police that he had heard voices that told him to “kill the meth addicts.” The voice then directed him to run over Sierra Cahoon because she had meth in her baby stroller.

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