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Woman charged with DUI after crashing into 100-foot ravine

Posted: Updated: May 15, 2014 10:11 PM
LEWISBURG, TN (WSMV) -

A woman who crashed her car into a deep ravine Thursday north of Lewisburg, injuring herself and her young child, is facing several charges.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol says 27-year-old Leotie Kuhns, of Chapel Hill, crashed her 1997 Toyota sedan just after noon down a 100-foot-deep embankment near the intersection of Verona Caney Road and Finley Road.

Both Leotie Kuhns and 3-year-old Ava Kuhns were transported by medical helicopter to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for treatment.

Investigators believe Leotie Kuhns was involved in two hit-and-run wrecks earlier in the day, including one on a bridge about two miles away from the ravine.

Deanna McFarlin says that about 8:30 a.m. the woman was coming from the opposite direction and hit her while she was waiting at a red light at the one-lane bridge.

"It was scary. It was like she didn't get over far enough when she hit me," McFarlin said.

McFarlin says she was at the police station making a report when she learned someone else had just called in about the same driver hitting a telephone pole.

Not long after that, she heard about the car in the ravine and thought about the little girl she'd seen in the back seat.

"Because I don't see why a child would have been put in that position to begin with. I wouldn't want my son put in that position," McFarlin said.

The woman whose car went into the ravine was a regular customer at Rock Creek Market, where workers say she would often come in with her daughter.

"She's adorable. She would come in and get her little bug juices and things like that," said market clerk Lauren Hudson.

"So sweet, innocent," said market clerk Ali Swearingen.

Leotie Kuhns and her child were treated and released. The THP says Ava Kuhns had a head injury but was properly restrained in the vehicle.

THP says Leotie Kuhns was charged with reckless endangerment, vehicular assault, DUI, leaving the scene, failure to make immediate notification of a crash, reckless driving, due care, no insurance and seatbelt violation.

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