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Bond set at $250K for hit-and-run driver who killed teen

Posted: Updated: April 14, 2014 11:21 PM
Tina Wilson appeared before a judge in Rutherford County Friday morning. Tina Wilson appeared before a judge in Rutherford County Friday morning.
Clifton Braunwalder, 13, was hit and killed on I-24 in Smyrna on April 10, 2014. Clifton Braunwalder, 13, was hit and killed on I-24 in Smyrna on April 10, 2014.
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - A Murfreesboro woman charged following the hit-and-run death of a 13-year-old boy appeared Friday morning before a Rutherford County judge who set her bond at $250,000.

Tina Wilson struck and killed Clifton Braunwalder on April 10 as he changed his mother’s flat tire alongside Interstate 24 in Smyrna.

SLIDESHOW: Teen killed in I-24 hit-and-run

Police said Wilson, 33, was driving at a high rate when she switched lanes and lost control.  She faces charges of vehicular homicide and aggravated vehicular assault.

In court on Friday Patrick Burdick, who witnessed the hit-and-run, testified he followed Wilson on I-24 to a gas station on Hickory Hollow Parkway where she wrote down her license plate number and called 911.

"I was going to pull over to help the stranded motorist but when she {Wilson} started backing out of the ditch, I just felt like she was going to flee the scene and that's what she done," said Burdick.

State trooper Sgt. Will Matsunaga, who responded to the 911 call, was next to the take the witness stand.

Matsunaga told the judge he redialed a phone Wilson had used at the gas station to track her to AMC of Nashville, an addiction medicine care clinic on Metroplex Drive off Harding Pike.

Wilson was taking her friend, Jennifer Hernandez, to the clinic when she struck Braunwalder.

"She didn't seem as concerned about the crash as she had other things to do that day," said Matsunaga.

Wilson was arrested at AMC of Nashville after failing field sobriety tests.

Wilson's attorney, Kirk Catron, was not surprised the case was bound over to a grand jury.  He described his client as being remorseful about the tragic incident, but stresses he will prove her actions on that fateful day were not malicious.

"It was a tragic event but at the same time Miss Wilson is entitled to the protections of the constitution and the laws of the state and that's what I intend to do," said Catron.

Despite prior convictions for robbery and theft, the judge ruled Friday that Wilson, who has been in jail since her April 10 arrest, is entitled to bond.

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