ELYRIA — An Avon Lake woman charged with hitting and seriously injuring a bicyclist in May pleaded not guilty to four felony charges Thursday in Lorain County Common Pleas Court.
Attorney Kenneth Lieux entered the plea on behalf of his client, 21-year-old Allison Spoerl, during a brief arraignment hearing before Judge Raymond Ewers. The charges against her include aggravated vehicular assault and tampering with evidence, both third-degree felonies; two counts of failure to stop after an accident, one fourth-degree felony and one fifth-degree felony; and one count of falsification, a first-degree misdemeanor.
Spoerl remains free on bond. She is allowed to drive without restrictions while the case is pending after a ruling by Avon Lake Municipal Court that suspended and seized her license was overturned earlier this month, according to court records.
A pretrial hearing is scheduled Aug. 7 in Ewers’ courtroom.
Spoerl is accused of hitting 51-year-old Patty Banks, of Bay Village, with her 2017 Ford Focus as Banks rode her bicycle near the intersection of Lake and Moore roads in Avon Lake about 4 p.m. May 15. Spoerl then fled the scene, according to Avon Lake police.
Another motorist stopped and helped control Banks’ bleeding until Avon Lake firefighters got her to a helicopter landing zone at their fire station. Banks was then flown to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland for treatment.
Several cyclists from the Cleveland Triathlon Club attended Spoerl’s hearing Thursday to show support for Banks. They said they were upset Spoerl has retained her driver’s license despite the charges against her.
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