(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) - A woman who allegedly ran a stop sign and collided with a motorcycle rider has been criminally charged in connection with the accident.
On May 9, Tressie Denning allegedly struck Robert Kumli and his motorcycle with her minivan at the intersection of Arch and Margaret Streets in downtown Lawrenceburg.
Denning, 41, of Lawrenceburg, was formally charged with Criminal Recklessness with the Use of a Vehicle (Class A misdemeanor) and Criminal Recklessness Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury (Class D felony) on June 5. She was arrested and booked into the Dearborn County Law Enforcement Center on the charges on Friday, July 12.
Lawrenceburg Police said in a probable cause affidavit that it appeared Denning’s minivan had travelled at a constant speed through the four-way stop intersection, disregarding the stop sign. Kumli had stopped and was accelerating through the intersection when he was hit.
The impact pushed Kumli and his motorcycle over 17 feet, based on the measurement of gouges left in the pavement by the motorcycle.
Witnesses from a vehicle that was travelling behind Denning told police that they saw the minivan run a stop sign at Arch and Euphemia streets just moments earlier. Other witnesses told police that they saw Denning looking down and not at the road when she rolled through the second intersection at 10-15 MPH.
Denning allegedly told officers she did not see Kumli until it was too late. Police also said she denied running the stop sign and had been looking away from the roadway.
Following the crash, Kumli was hospitalized for at least several days and underwent multiple surgeries.
Denning has since been released from jail.