The Bessie Smith Strut started with an arrest this year.

Chattanooga police say a vendor at the Strut, 34-year-old Angel Ayala, hit a pedestrian with his vehicle while backing up in an area of East M.L. King Boulevard that was designated only for pedestrians.

The victim was seriously injured but is expected to recover.

Ayala was arrested following the incident.

He is charged with Driving without a Driver's License and Improper Backing.