Woman charged with driving into group of children released on bond

SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - A woman accused of hitting a group of children with her car told authorities that she wanted "to knock the daylights out of them," according to a police report.

Bond was set at $40,000 for Amy Lynn Stewart who has been charged with four counts of first-degree assault and battery. She was released on bond.

According to the Summerville Police Department, a group of children were walking to Alston Middle School. When the group of children approached the intersection of Tulip Drive and Iris Street, a vehicle approached them.

A police report states that Stewart was honking her horn and when the children did not move, she struck the crowd with her car and then drove off. Four juveniles were struck and injured.

Summerville Police Department Captain Jon Rogers said Stewart lives down the street from the scene of the alleged crime and took off in her Ford Taurus afterward.

One juvenile was transported to the hospital by EMS and is expected to be okay. The other three were treated at the scene.

Officers say that Stewart admitted to "bumping" the kids. Amy Lynn Stewart is charged with four counts of first-degree assault and battery.

One woman who lives in the neighborhood said children there taunt drivers, adding it was just a matter of time before an incident like this happened.

"From my own experience I have been expecting that to happen because the kids do things they get in the road they won't get out of the road, and they push kids in front of moving vehicles when they're coming down the road," said Lavern McCray.

A mother, whose child walks to Alston Middle School with the students allegedly hit, said the fault rests solidly on Stewart.

"These kids have no sidewalks to walk on you know they can only go on the side of the road and they have to be careful sometimes you have to go around the kids or wait til they go," said Tesha Davis. "You can't take it upon yourself to hit someone's child."

Stewart is being held at the Dorchester Jail Annex in Summerville.

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