A driver is facing charges after Smithfield Police said he was involved in two hit and run crashes one minute apart, then a third hit and run collision that injured a pedestrian days later. All three accidents happened on Berkshire Road.
Police said the first wreck occurred at 6:08am Monday, Feb. 8th on Berkshire Road near Hospital Road. According to an accident report, Timothy Anquan Saunders, 31, of S. Powell Street, Princeton was operating a 2004 Chevy Tahoe that swerved in front of a 2003 Ford pickup truck sideswiping the Ford. Saunders did not stop at the scene.
A minute later, at 6:09am, police said Saunders was pulling into a parking lot on Berskhire Road, while traveling at 25mph, and struck the driver’s side door of a parked 2016 Buick. Saunders once again left the scene.
Police officers began searching for the hit and run Tahoe and located the SUV a short distance away, reportedly still being driven by Saunders. A traffic stop was conducted and a K-9 alerted on the vehicle for possible narcotics. During a search, 13.5 grams of powder cocaine and 2.5 grams of crack cocaine was allegedly found.
Saunders was charged with numerous offenses including possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine, maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance, and two counts of hit and run. No injuries were reported in the two accidents that caused an estimated $8,600 in property damages.
Saunders was jailed Feb. 8th on a $75,000 bond. He was released later that same day after a bondsman posted his bail.
On Monday, February 15th at 4:56am, Smithfield Police said Saunders was driving a 2002 Jaguar in the parking lot of the Berskhire Apartments at 950 Berkshire Road and collided with the metal support beam for a porch in front of an apartment unit. The beam fell, striking a 29 year-old man who was standing outside his apartment. The victim said Saunders stared at him for a few moments then fled from the scene without checking on his condition. The victim was transported by EMS to Johnston Health in Smithfield for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
Police said additional charges are pending against Timothy Saunders in connection with the Feb. 15th hit and run incident.