Community honors boy’s life on year anniversary of hit-and-run accident

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WKRN) – A community is coming together to honor the life of a Murfreesboro Boy Scout who was hit and killed while changing a flat tire on his mother’s car last April.

The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office hosted an event to mark the one year anniversary of Clifton Braunwalder’s death outside the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce Friday morning.

Authorities say the 13-year-old was hit by a suspected impaired driver on Interstate-24 near Smyrna on April 10, 2014.

“My life wouldn’t have changed if someone didn’t get into their car impaired,” said Clifton’s younger sister, Louann Braunwalder.

Tina Wilson, 33, of Murfreesboro is accused of the fatal hit-and run wreck.

She faces vehicular homicide and several other charges for Braunwalder’s death. She pleaded not guilty last August. Her trial date is set for July 14.

The teen’s family told News 2 they have no animosity towards Wilson.

“Clifton wouldn’t want it that way number one, but our faith doesn’t allow us to,” said Clifton’s’ father Norbert.

Clifton’s family was among the guests recognized during the emotional event.

Representatives from the Tennessee a Highway Patrol, the Governor’s Highway Safety Office and Clifton’s Boys Scout troop were also in attendance.

“Clifton would have been deeply touched to have someone remember him. It’s a great tribute,” said Clifton’s mother Sondra, who witnessed the tragic accident.

The sheriff’s department will also host the first-ever Clifton Braunwalder Memorial Sobriety Checkpoint in memory of the teen Friday evening.

The checkpoint will begin at 11:30 p.m. at U.S. Highway 70 South, commonly known as John Bragg Highway. The checkpoint is in partnership with the Governor’s Highway Safety Office.

Clifton’s parents chose the first anniversary of his death as the day for the DUI checkpoint.

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