Man with Rockford ties accused of running over, killing pregnant woman, toddler in Tennessee

Courtesy: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office
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JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. (AP/WIFR) -- A driver is accused of intentionally running over pedestrians in Tennessee, killing a pregnant mother and her toddler son.

An arrest warrant says William David Phillips, 33, told police that a voice was directing his actions.

23 News has learned Phillips has ties to Rockford. County records show he formerly resided at an address in the area. Fellow classmates say he attended Boylan High School. Former co-workers say he was a server at Lydia's Café.

The Knoxville News Sentinel reports​ Phillips told Jefferson City police that a voice told him that he needed to “kill meth addicts.” According to a warrant, a baby stroller the woman was pushing had meth in it “so he intentionally drove into (the mother and child) … killing them both."

Police say Phillips struck and killed 30-year-old Sierra Wilson Cahoon, who was pregnant, and her 2-year-old son Nolan, at random Monday afternoon. After striking mother and child, Phillips crashed into a fish hatchery.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office confirms Phillips was in custody and accused of the deaths.

It’s unclear whether Phillips has an attorney. He’s scheduled to be arraigned Thursday.