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Sheffield Lake woman faces felonies in fatal hit and run

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    BMV photo of Sharan Carr



ELYRIA — A Lorain County grand jury has handed up an indictment in Common Pleas Court against a Sheffield Lake woman accused of hitting and killing a cyclist while driving drunk last month.

Sharan Carr, 64, was indicted Friday on two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide, one second-degree felony and one third-degree felony; one count of failure to stop after an accident, a third-degree felony; and two counts of operating a vehicle under the influence, both first-degree misdemeanors, in the June 6 traffic crash that killed Richard "Randy" Knilans.

Carr is free on bond pending her arraignment, the date of which was not listed in court records. She is represented by attorney Kate Pruchnicki.

Knilans, 66, was active in civic matters in Avon Lake, serving as a member and chairman of the city Planning Commission, on the Zoning Board and the Historic Preservation Committee. Avon Lake police said they were called to the area of Lake and Miller roads shortly before 8 p.m. June 6 for a report of an impaired driver.

Carr allegedly hit Knilans with her vehicle while he was riding his bike on Lake Road near Miller Road. Knilans was flown to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, where he died of his injuries the following day.

Sheffield Lake police stopped Carr at Lake Road and Maplewood Avenue after the crash. She refused a breath test, according to court records.

The location of the crash is less than 1 mile from the site where another cyclist, 51-year-old Patty Banks of Bay Village, was struck and seriously injured by a vehicle on May 15.

Avon Lake police said the driver of the 2017 Ford Focus that hit Banks was 21-year-old Allison Spoerl, who fled the crash scene. She was later identified as the driver through video footage and after police found her damaged car at a body shop in Avon.

Spoerl pleaded not guilty to aggravated vehicular assault, tampering with evidence, failure to stop after an accident and falsification at her arraignment Thursday and is free on bond. Her next court hearing is in Judge Raymond Ewers' courtroom on Aug. 7.

Contact Dave O’Brien at (440) 329-7129 or do’ Follow him at @daveobrienCT on Twitter.

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