Editor’s Note: The suspect’s photo and name have been update to reflect a correction by the Anderson Police Department.
ANDERSON, SC (WSPA) – Anderson Police said they arrested a man after a hit and run crash injured 5 people including a 3-year-old Tuesday evening.
According to Anderson Police Chief Jim Stewart, officers received multiple calls about a domestic incident happening in a vehicle in Anderson.
“Two 911 calls that came in and told us there was a couple fighting and it’s what we call a rolling domestic in a vehicle going down the road, enough that people thought it was reckless driving and called us. So, we already had units heading that way, and before we could actually get it to there, to Clemson boulevard, this call came in of a head-on collision,” Stewart said.
Chief Stewart said that that car crashed head-on into another car at the corner of North Main Street and East North Avenue.
According to police, Robert Tyler Saxon was charged with habitual traffic offender, leaving the scene of an accident with great bodily injury, driving under suspension, possession of a stolen vehicle greater than $10,000, having and receiving stolen goods (stolen license plate), operating an uninsured vehicle and reckless driving.
“We also talked with the passenger that was in the suspect vehicle. After the time of the accident last night, we actually determined that the car was stolen from Piedmont Honda. It was a stolen tag. We went to a resident to check the owner of the tag, that also stolen,” Chief Stewart said. “Luckily, we were able to call Piedmont Honda, actually sent officers to the address where the VIN came back to, and he said he had just traded the vehicle to Piedmont Honda. They were still there at Piedmont Honda and realized they had a car missing from their lot,” Chief Stewart said.
Lacey Taylor, Store Manager at Harbor Freight Tools, said the crash happened in front of her store. Taylor said a woman from the crash ran inside her store.
“I had just left but got a call from my supervisor when the wreck had happened. The woman that was a passenger of the guy that fled, actually came in my store, got blood all throughout the store, just bleeding from the wreck,” Taylor said.
Chief Stewart confirmed the woman who came inside the store, was Amanda Sanders. Chief Stewart said Sanders was the passenger in Saxon’s car.
“The passenger in the suspect vehicle is doing okay. She had pending warrants with Anderson County as well,” he said.
“She actually locked herself in the bathroom and wouldn’t come out,” Taylor said.
There were four people in the second car, including a parent and two kids. Police said one of the kids had to be taken to the hospital by helicopter.
“So in the victim’s car that got hit, yes there were four people, two adults and two children,” Chief Taylor said.
Chief Stewart said Wednesday morning that the 3-year-old who was airlifted to the hospital is now in stable condition and is expected to recover.
“From what I understand, he’s still in critical condition, but it’s not life threatening,” Chief Stewart said.
Saxon got $2,800 for city charges on a surety bond and $25,000 for all other charges Thursday morning. He has not made bond as of now.
The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Sanders was wanted for petit larceny.
Anyone with information on the crash involving Saxon is asked to call Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.