Bowen said Smith told Green at the time of his arrest that he drank 13 beers and smoked 10 marijuana cigarettes prior to striking the two women with his vehicle. Smith has been in trouble with the law previously and has an extensive criminal history going back to at least 1991.
“We’ve dealt with him ever since I’ve been with the police department,” Bowen said, adding he joined the LPD in 1990.
His convictions include two counts of aggravated assault in ’91, burglary in ’92 and two counts of automobile burglary in ’93.
Bowen said Smith was involved in a previous hit-and-run incident in which a young girl was struck several years ago.
In addition, Smith was sentenced to 30 years in prison for attempted robbery and attempted second-degree murder in an incident that occurred at the West Main Wine and Spirits store in ’93 in which a clerk was shot. Smith was paroled in 2008.
Regarding the 2010 case in which the two women were struck, Bowen said, “It’s bad enough” Smith chose to get behind the wheel of his car after consuming alcohol and smoking marijuana and then struck the two women. “It’s just unbelievable.”
Smith left the scene of the accident and then left his car at his home on Hill Street. He told Green that he sent a text message to his fiancée who was attending a domestic violence meeting. She arrived home later that evening and Smith told her what had happened. The fiancée told him to turn himself in, but he left the home on foot.
One of Smith’s family members contacted a Lebanon detective and told him Smith could be found at his Hill Street home. Green contacted him and convinced him to turn himself in to authorities.
Bone, the daughter of Gordon and Pat Bone and the niece of former State Rep. Stratton Bone, sustained serious injuries including a broken shoulder, ribs, pelvis and leg. Long, owner of The White Room, a wedding and formal dress shop on South Cumberland Street, also sustained injuries, among them a broken nose.
Bowen had high praise for Green, the LPD’s accident reconstruction specialist, for his investigation in the matter. “I can’t say enough about Steve and the work he did on the case.” The chief added that he was grateful, also, to the District Attorney’s Office for their help as well.
“We’re very pleased,” he said, reiterating that Smith will “serve 12 years after serving what he’s serving now.”
Smith is the son of the late Carroll Smith who was the football coach at Castle Heights Military Academy at the time of its closing in 1986. The late Coach Smith was a member of the Cumberland University Sports Hall of Fame.
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