Suspect in the Accident that caused Smyrna Volleyballer to Lose Her Legs Denied Bond

The parents of 17-year-old Janae Edmonson, a Smyrna High School volleyball player who lost her legs after being hit by a car in St. Louis, pleaded with a judge to keep the suspect behind bars awaiting trial.

On Tuesday, her parents told the court she’s now on a ventilator, and they are struggling with how they will find the words to tell their daughter she has no legs.

The driver accused of going through the yield sign, Daniel Riley, was arrested on charges of second-degree assault. Riley was out of jail on bond awaiting trial in a 2020-armed robbery case.

The judge denied him bond, to the relief of the young victim’s parents.

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A Tennessee teenager had both legs amputated after she was hit by a car Saturday night in downtown St. Louis, KMOV reports.

Janae Edmondson was in Missouri for a volleyball tournament when the tragedy occurred.

Edmondson was hit by the car after the driver ran a yield sign at an intersection and hit another vehicle, according to St. Louis police. Police believe the driver was going 20 mph above the speed limit when the crash happened.

Police arrested 21-year-old Daniel Riley for three counts of assault, armed criminal action, and operating a vehicle without a valid license.

Edmondson, a senior three-sport athlete at Smyrna High School, had just committed to playing college volleyball next year.

Photo from Janae’s GoFundMe account


Lucky Knott

Lucky Knott

One of Southern Tennessee's most experienced and recognized news broadcasters and play-by-play sportscasters. News and Sports Director for Rooster 101.5 FM, 93.9 The Duck and Whiskey Country 105.1, and 95.9. He is currently the play-by-play voice of the Coffee County Red Raiders (31 years) on The Rooster 101.5 and can be heard M-F broadcasting our local news. Lucky has done play-by-play for 4,002 (and counting) sports events on Radio & TV. He also served four years as the Public Information Officer for the Coffee Co. Sheriff's Dept. and taught Radio/TV for six years at Grundy County High School.

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