Mother of 14-year-old who crashed van into bus hires well known attorney

Tana Reyes (Source: Bartlett Police Department)
Tana Reyes (Source: Bartlett Police Department)

By Kontji Anthony - bio | email

BARTLETT, TN (WMC-TV) - A Bartlett mother accused of sending her underage son out in her minivan to run errands will be represented by a well-known Mid-South attorney.

Tana Reyes appeared in a Bartlett courtroom Monday on a charge of reckless endangerment.  Police have accused Reyes of instructing her 14-year-old son to take the family minivan to buy some household items at a Dollar General store last month.  

With his 13-year-old brother in tow, the teen failed to yield the minivan to a moving MATA bus at Stage Road and US 70, causing a crash.

Both teens suffered injuries to the head and lower body.  Additionally, the crash caused $100,000 in damage to the bus, and crippled the minivan.

Monday afternoon, Reyes and her husband walked into the courtroom, along with an attorney from Leslie Ballin's office, who was there to verify Ballin is taking her case.

According the police report filed after the accident, Reyes admitted to officers she knew her son did not have a driver's license.  The report says she put her sons, and the public, in danger.

Reyes and her attorneys declined comment Monday. Her case returns to court June 2nd.

The 14-year-old was charged with failure to yield and driving without a license.

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