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UPDATE: Mother facing list of charges in crash that claimed son's life

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UPDATE: Ada Marie Gerena was indicted for the 2015 death of her son in a crash on Boy Scout Road. 

The indictment charges Gerena with vehicular homicide and reckless aggravated assault, both felony charges.

Both her one-year-old son and Michael Gillick, 29, were in the car when it left the road and struck a tree.

Gerena's list of charges includes:

  • Vehicular homicide
  • Reckless aggravated assault
  • Reckless aggravated assault
  • Violation of registration law
  • Financial responsibility
  • Speeding
  • Child restraint law violation
  • Theft of property over $1000
  • Cruelty to animals

PREVIOUS STORY: The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in finding anyone who may have witnessed or assisted with trying to help the victims of fatal crash October 2, 2015 on Boy Scout Road.

The crash claimed the life of a toddler.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the HCSO Traffic Division at 423-893-3503, ext. 260. If the call is unanswered, they ask that you leave a message with your name and contact information.

HCSO spokesman Matt Lea said in an email that interviewing eye witnesses is a standard part of most traffic investigations. Their testimony can help investigators determine the different aspects of surrounding the accident. 

PREVIOUS STORY: Officials say slick conditions may have been a factor in a crash that killed a two-year-old boy on Boy Scout Road. 

A one-year-old boy and Michael Gillick, 29, were also in the car driven by Ada Gerena, 25. All three were taken to the hospital, where an update of their conditions have not been released. 

As the family recovers, a local ministry is trying to ease the burden. 

"It's just devastating what it's done to this family," Alan Cantrell said.   

Cantrell with Scenic City ARK says the family of four had moved into a home the organization renovated two weeks ago. Although he hadn't been able to meet the family in person, he was still devastated hearing they had been involved in a crash. 

"We were so excited to help someone we felt really deserved it and was grateful for what they had," he added. 

After falling on hard times, Cantrell says the family found themselves homeless and even through they were struggling, both parents refused government assistance. 

"These people were doing so good. They got a place to live, they got a vehicle, they both god jobs. Everything was just going so wonderful for them," he said. 

The future was looking bright, until Friday's crash and is why Cantrell wants the community to come together for a family that's lost so much. 

"I can't even fathom the idea of losing any of my children or grandchildren, so I can't even imagine what these people must be going through."

If you would like to help the family, click HERE to make a donation through Scenic City ARK. 

?PREVIOUS STORY: Sherry Harris says this isn't the first time blue lights have flooded this stretch of Boy Scout Road. 

She says crashes are common here, but this one has rattled neighbors. 

“I didn't hear anything, which is unusual because I usually here a lot,” said Sherry Harris,

Hamilton County deputies were called around 11 am, after this Chevy Cobalt, traveling east, left the road, hitting a ditch and striking a tree. An infant on board died on the scene.

“It’s extremely hard when you have an infant. so I’m sure the traffic investigators on the scene are all taking that into account right now, they are trying to do their job to the best of their ability,” said Matt Lea, PIO, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office.

Two adults and a minor were also in the car. All three were taken by ambulance to a local hospital. The other child on board suffered broken bones, but deputies has not released any more information about the child's condition.

Boy Scout Road was shut down for three hours as investigators cleared the scene. They believe the wet road played a role in the crash. 

”Anytime it's raining we always want to encourage people to take your time, slow down,” said Lea.

A message Harris hopes other drivers will take seriously. She’s clinging to her 5-year-old granddaughter after seeing the aftermath of the crash, and sending well wishes to the family of the infant killed. 

“I cannot imagine, the pain they are feeling losing a child. I mean that's got to be the worse pain in the world,” said Harris.

This isn't the first fatal crash on Boy Scout Road. Deputies responded to one last year. The crash remains under investigation.

PREVIOUS STORY: A Friday morning crash in the 1000 block of Boy Scout Road has claimed the life of an infant, according to the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office.

When deputies at the accident scene, they found a single car crash with four passengers. 

Three of the four passengers were transported to a local hospital for examination and treatment.

The fourth, an infant, was pronounced dead on arrival.

Preliminary reports show the vehicle was headed eastbound on Boy Scout Road.
Moses Road to Hampton Woods is temporarily closed until further notice.
The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Division is currently investigating this accident.

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