Woman pleads guilty to striking pedestrian in December She also pleaded guilty to 2 counts of neglect of a dependent.
A woman who tested positive for having an illegal drug in her bloodstream when she struck a pedestrian with her car last December pleaded guilty Friday in Allen Superior Court.
Kerri A. Pendergrass, 26, of the 12800 block of Northshore Road, pleaded guilty to three of nine charges – two counts of neglect of a dependent and one count of causing serious injury while operating a motor vehicle with a Schedule 1 or 2 substance – all Level 6 felonies. According to terms of the plea agreement, if accepted by Allen Superior Court Judge Wendy Davis at the July 6 sentencing, Pendergrass would serve a four-year suspended sentence for neglect of a dependent and serve a two-year sentence for injuring the pedestrian. Pendergrass also would have to serve three years on probation, have her license suspended and pay restitution to the injured woman. All terms would be served consecutively, or one after the other.
The other charges – all relating to operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated – would be dismissed at sentencing.
Pendergrass admitted she struck the pedestrian at about 10:40 a.m. Dec. 28 in a crosswalk at the Walmart at 10105 Lima Road.
The victim, a woman, reportedly suffered a traumatic brain injury and other injuries in the incident, a probable cause affidavit filed in the case said.
The woman reportedly had a long hospital stay before being transferred to a rehabilitation center, where she was as of Feb. 9.
Pendergrass, who was identified as the driver of the vehicle that hit the woman, allegedly drove quickly through crosswalk, the affidavit said. Pendergrass’ young son and infant daughter were in the vehicle with her at the time of the accident. Pendergrass’ blood later tested positive for the illegal drug THC.