Man arrested after car chase causes child's death

Sunday, Nov. 8, 2009 7:04 PM
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A 33-year-old man has been arrested on vehicular homicide after authorities say he wrecked a car while fleeing police near Louisville, causing the death of a 2-year-old passenger and injuring another child.

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According to a release e-mailed today by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, the incident occurred at about 8:30 p.m. Friday after an attempted traffic stop resulted in a chase that ended with an overturned vehicle.

The release states that Miller Lee Smith Jr. has also been charged with serious injury by vehicle, hit & run/failure to render aid, reckless driving, obstruction of an officer, DUI/Child Endangerment, DUI, child restraint violation, fleeing & attempting to elude, failure to maintain lane and driving while unlicensed.

Police say it all started when a Jefferson County sheriff's deputy noticed a vehicle being driven erratically by Mr. Smith. The deputy attempted a traffic stop in a residential area outside of Louisville, and as he approached the vehicle Mr. Smith reportedly sped away in the vehicle.

A chase ensued, but the deputy lost sight of the vehicle. Ultimately, police say they found the vehicle overturned in some woods about five miles outside of Louisville on Middleground Road. An adult male passenger was beside the vehicle and told authorities Mr. Smith had run from the scene, but that two children also had been in the vehicle. Deputies searched and found a 2-year-old female on the ground beside the overturned vehicle and a 3-year-old male on the ground about 40 feet from the vehicle. Deputies administered first aid until EMS workers arrived, but the 2-year-old, identified as Alike Smith, was pronounced dead at the scene, the release states.

The 3-year-old was air lifted to Medical College of Georgia Hospital, where he was in stable condition with some broken bones and possibly a concussion.

Mr. Smith was apprehended after a brief struggle in a wooded area less than a mile away from the accident scene at about 11:30 p.m. friday.

He and the adult passenger were treated at Jefferson Hospital in Louisville. The passenger was released and not charged.

Mr. Smith is being held in the Jefferson County Jail awaiting a bond hearing. He also is being held for the Richmond County Sheriff's Office on an outstanding warrant. Richmond County investigators said today that Mr. Smith faced a bench warrant, but they weren't sure exactly what on.

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corgimom
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corgimom 11/08/09 - 08:12 pm
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He murdered that baby as if

He murdered that baby as if he had shot her with a gun.

happychimer
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happychimer 11/08/09 - 08:14 pm
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Anyone who drinks and drives

Anyone who drinks and drives is a fool.

happychimer
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happychimer 11/08/09 - 08:14 pm
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He deserves to die too.

He deserves to die too.

crackerjack
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crackerjack 11/08/09 - 08:22 pm
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The poor little children have

The poor little children have to suffer, because of a total idiot. God bless the little girl and boy. What a sad story.

CWV
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CWV 11/08/09 - 08:25 pm
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Just another fine example of

Just another fine example of the blacks around Disgusta. Don't bother trying him....just shoot him like the animal he is and let him bleed to death, Thats all he deserves.

Vera Donavon
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Vera Donavon 11/08/09 - 08:26 pm
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This is heart

This is heart wrenching.......

Waymore
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Waymore 11/08/09 - 08:45 pm
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He fled the scene like a

He fled the scene like a scared rabid animal. A real man. I hope they hang the picture of the deceased child in his jail cell.

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Lumbarsupport 11/08/09 - 08:49 pm
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Once again the power of

Once again the power of government results in the needless violence that has claimed a life, is this not 2009?

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 11/08/09 - 09:09 pm
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What a [filtered word] I'm leaving my

What a [filtered word] I'm leaving my comment at that. I'm so mad the things I really want to say would get removed anyway.

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WhippingPost 11/09/09 - 12:55 am
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Yes, Lumbar, but the

Yes, Lumbar, but the government responsibility is the low level of education this man was given and the teaching of irresponsibility with the subsidy check. They produced a murderer this time.

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