ELYRIA — The case of a 21-year-old woman who allegedly struck and seriously injured a bicyclist with her car before fleeing the scene has been bound over to a grand jury.
Allison Spoerl, 21, of Avon Lake, appeared in Avon Lake Municipal Court on Thursday morning for a preliminary hearing in the case, but Spoerl waived her right to the hearing and asked the case be bound over to a Lorain County grand jury.
Spoerl is charged with tampering with evidence, a third-degree felony, leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident, a fifth-degree felony, assault and possession of criminal tools, both first-degree misdemeanors, obstructing official business, a second-degree misdemeanor, reckless operation and failure to yield, both minor misdemeanors.
Due to the felony charges, Spoerl’s case cannot be handled in a municipal court. Spoerl is free on personal bond, but a condition of her bond is her driver’s license is suspended.
On May 15, Patty Banks, 51, of Bay Village, was on a bicycle at Lake and Moore roads in Avon Lake when she was struck by a vehicle. Witnesses told police the car was westbound on Lake Road and took a sharp left turn onto Moore Road, hitting the bicyclist as she rode east on the south side of Lake Road.
The car did not stop and continued south on Moore Road.
After the crash, Banks was taken to the Avon Lake Fire Department. From there, she was flown to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland.
The next day, police found a 2017 Ford Focus hatchback with damage including a shattered windshield, dented roof and scratches on its hood, according to a photo provided by Avon Lake police. The vehicle was found at an Avon body shop, police have said.
A group of bicyclists rode bikes to the courthouse in support of Banks and the cycling community for Spoerl’s court appearance.