MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A local man was charged following a car crash that left a 13-year-old girl dead at I-55 and I-240, Memphis police said.
Ather Scott was charged with aggravated assault, vehicular homicide, reckless driving and DUI. Authorities said at the time of the crash he was also driving on a suspended license and didn’t have insurance.
Police say he was driving recklessly when he hit an SUV that was pulled over on the side of the road.
Vernita Darryell Williams, 13, was initially transported to LeBonheur Children’s Hospital in critical condition. She later died from her injuries.
Police said an adult and two more juveniles were transported to the hospital in non-critical condition.
Authorities found Vodka bottles and empty beer cans inside of Scott’s truck.
“I have grandchildren, and I wouldn’t wish that on my worst enemy. A child getting killed before school starts,” the suspect’s neighbor said.
A man who knows Scott spoke to WREG, but want to remain anonymous.
“I know he said it himself that he was sorry. I know it wasn’t intentional,” he said.
The man says Scott is disabled and but always helps people in the neighborhood find jobs. He says no one knew he had been in trouble before.
“It’s hard to believe.”
The accident was reported around 8 p.m.