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Published on May 29, 2024
Nashville Man Charged in Hit-and-Run That Critically Injured Toddler on Nolensville PikeSource: Nashville Police Department

A Nashville nightmare unfolded on Nolensville Pike when a toddler was left fighting for life after a heartless hit-and-run. According to the Nashville Police Department, 27-year-old Mario Alonzo was arrested in connection with the Tuesday evening crash that laid waste to a family's peace. Speeding in a Chrysler 300, Alonzo lost control and struck a young mother and her 2-year-old child, sending the toddler to Vanderbilt Pediatrics with critical injuries.

The 23-year-old woman, pushing her child in a stroller, sustained minor injuries when Alonzo's car fish-tailed wildly before it slammed into the pair. After fleeing the scene, the suspect was quickly nabbed by cops, thanks to a witness's sharp eye. Found inside the runaway Chrysler, beer bottles laid testimony to the recklessness that punctured the calm of Highland Apartments’ main entrance.

Authorities have slammed Alonzo with charges including vehicular assault and resisting arrest. He was also hit with driving without a license and open container violations, the destruction he wrought now under the scrutiny of both police and prosecutors. Nashville's District Attorney's Office, already signaled, waits to run its course once the investigation concludes.

Held on a hefty $77,500 bond, Alnonzo now faces the consequence of the tragic Tuesday tumult he is accused of. A witness’ description led South Precinct patrol officers to the damaged Chrysler, the physical scars on the vehicle mirroring the wounds inflicted upon an innocent mother and her toddler.