Patience is a virtue. That’s true in many aspects of life, and driving is no exception. A Knoxville woman was arrested earlier this week after she apparently tried to drive around a group of children crossing a street. She ended up striking a 6-year-old boy and leaving the scene of the accident.

The car accident occurred on the 300 block of McConnell Street outside a local Boys and Girls Club, according to KnoxNews. A spokesperson for the Knoxville Police Department says the 18-year-old woman attempted to drive around the group of children instead of waiting for all of them to cross.

As she maneuvered her Chevy Impala through the area, she apparently struck a young boy and then fled the scene. The boy sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center for treatment.

Police were able to identify the driver and later located her at her apartment on Riverside Drive in Knoxville. She’s facing various charges, including reckless driving, driving without insurance, driving without a license, and leaving the scene of an accident.

In this case, it’s lucky the boy was okay and there were other people around to help him. If he had been alone or in a secluded area, the outcome might have been different. Leaving the scene of a crash that could potentially leave people injured is not only irresponsible and dangerous, but can have serious consequences for all involved. Please drive safely.

Source:, “Knoxville driver charged in hit-and-run after striking 6-year-old boy,” Jan. 30, 2012