Driver Arrested After Crash Injures Toddler

A driver was arrested following a crash on Nolensville Pike that critically injured a toddler.

A 27-year-old man has been arrested following a crash that occurred on Tuesday at 7:25 p.m., critically injuring a toddler on Nolensville Pike. The preliminary investigation indicates that Mario Alonzo was driving a Chrysler 300 at a high rate of speed near the main entrance of the Highland Apartments when he lost control of the vehicle. The car struck a 23-year-old woman and her 2-year-old child, who was in a stroller.

The toddler was transported to Vanderbilt Pediatrics with serious injuries, while the 23-year-old woman was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center with minor injuries. The Chrysler fled the scene but was quickly located by South Precinct patrol officers based on a witness’ description. The vehicle showed damage consistent with the crash, leading to Alonzo’s arrest.

Inside the Chrysler, officers found multiple bottles of beer in plain sight. A search warrant for a sample of Alonzo’s blood was obtained. Alonzo has been charged with vehicular assault, driving without a license, resisting arrest, and open container violation. The investigation is ongoing and will be reviewed by the District Attorney’s Office upon its conclusion. Alonzo is currently being held on a $77,500 bond.

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Alabama Teen Arrested for Hate Vandalism in Nashville

A 19-year-old Alabama man was arrested by Nashville detectives for allegedly vandalizing five homes with swastikas and hate messages in the Sylvan Park area, an incident that occurred when he was 17. He faces multiple charges including vandalism, criminal conspiracy, trespassing, civil rights intimidation, and theft. The arrest followed a tip-off that he would be attending a concert, where he was taken into custody without incident. Enhanced police presence has been ordered in the area as a response to the hate vandalism.