Child Struck by Vehicle
March 19, 2014
between (6:45 PM) and (6:52 PM), personnel of the Opelika Police and Fire
Department responded to a pedestrian being struck by a vehicle in the 500 block
of Fruitwood Circle. Investigation revealed a five year old child had been struck
by a vehicle in the roadway after the child had walked away from an ice cream
truck. Witnesses stated they saw a vehicle traveling on the roadway and
swerving at a high rate of speed. After the child was struck the driver got out
of the vehicle, then re-entered the vehicle and drove away. The child was
suffering from a head injury and was flown by helicopter to Columbus Regional
Hospital. A short time after the accident the driver of the vehicle turned
herself in to the Opelika Police Department.
The driver was identified as Chandra Marie Carlisle, age 33 of Opelika. She was
later arrested and charged with Assault First Degree and Leaving the Scene of
an Accident Involving Death or Personal Injury.
The condition of the child is unknown at this time. The accident is still under