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Default WF whose face was crushed in 2016 upset repeat DUI negro offender released from prison

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Victim upset repeat DUI offender released from prison





Updated August 19 at 11:29 PM

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - A repeat DUI offender is out of prison and his most recent victim worries it’s only a matter of time before he crashes into someone else.

“I have nightmares. I have terrible panic attacks,” said Shelby Smith.

On September 13th 2016, Smith was hit by Steven Walls’ pick-up truck. Walls had a blood alcohol content nearly twice the legal limit. At the time of the accident he was driving the wrong direction on 385 near Brunswick.

Smith's face was crushed by his truck’s tire. Three years later she still has medical issues.

“I have problems with my face, gets really swollen," said Smith. “It just hurts really bad when the weather changes.”

She also says she has a rod in her arm that is never going to come out.

Smith says she finds it ironic that she'll spend the rest of her life dealing with injuries from this accident, but the man who was at fault is already a free man.

Walls plead guilty to vehicular assault and DUI last June. He was released from prison last month. He qualified for release after serving 30% of his sentence.

He was released with no conditions such as a mandatory DUI class or ignition interlock device. Smith fears he’ll strike again.



In the state of Tennessee, the statute of limitations to file lawsuit in a personal injury case is just one year after the accident. Smith missed that deadline. She can’t sue Walls to help pay future medical bills.

Walls was also ordered to pay $1,000 in restitution to Smith but Smith says she has not seen that money either.
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