APD Releases More Details On Crash That Left 19 Children Injured

Some key details have come to light in the investigation of a crash into an Anderson preschool. Nineteen young children and one adult were injured on March 3rd when a Suzuki Grand Vitara driven by 20-year-old Courtney Dearman smashed through a wall into Great Adventures Christian Preschool and Daycare, a cinder block building at the corner of Balls Ferry Road and Martha Street. Dearman was determined to be sober at the time of the crash. Anderson Police now say the incident started when some teenage boys were playing basketball nearby and saw 18-year-old Taylor Dearman walk by. He had been in a recent fight with one of the boys. Words were exchanged and three of the boys started chasing Dearman on foot. Two others got into a car to chase him. Dearman called his mother and sister, who were eating at a nearby restaurant, to come get him so he wouldn’t get beat up. His sister is Courtney Dearman. Taylor hid from the boys in a backyard, and the homeowner called 9-1-1 to report him. Meanwhile, Courtney and her mother left the restaurant and drove down Balls Ferry Road looking for Taylor. That’s when Courtney somehow crashed into the building. Exactly how that happened is still unclear. Two of the teens who had been chasing Taylor heard the crash and ran to help, one of them pulling a child to safety. The boys were among a group of bystanders treated as heroes in a Board of Supervisors presentation for their coming to the rescue of the children. All of the injured children have been released from hospitals. The APD continues to investigate.