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Reckless driving case moves forward

Resident struck rollerblading teen

October 26, 2012
By Jenny Lancour - staff writer ( , Daily Press

ESCANABA - A Gladstone man - accused of reckless driving for striking a teen rollerblading in Escanaba this summer - was bound over from Delta County District Court to circuit court on Thursday.

Travis Anthony Reed, 23, was charged in August with reckless driving causing injury, a five-year felony with a maximum fine of $5,000. The victim, a 17-year-old female, was hospitalized for four days and continues to be treated for her injuries.

After hearing testimony from the victim, a witness, and a detective during Thursday's preliminary examination, District Court Judge Glenn Pearson sent the case to the higher court where Reed may make a plea or go to trial.

"This is reckless driving," said Pearson. "There was reckless disregard to possible injury to an individual," he added, citing the serious injuries to the victim who continues to have problems with head injuries.

Reed was driving west on the 200 block of Ludington Street when he allegedly struck the female who was rollerblading east on the north side of the road. The accident occurred just after 11 p.m. on Aug. 6, according to Escanaba Public Safety.

The victim testified she recalls a car coming towards her while she was rollerblading in the parking spaces on the roadside but doesn't remember anything else until she woke up in the hospital in Marquette.

Following the accident, she was initially transported to OSF St. Francis Hospital in Escanaba then transferred to Marquette General Health System where she was admitted for four days.

The victim testified she continues to receive physical therapy on her knee and is also being treated for headaches and memory loss. She also has a doctor's order for special conditions at school such as taking tests in a quiet area and getting extra tutoring.

The one witness who testified Thursday was rollerblading with the victim when the accident occurred. He said he saw the car coming towards him and jumped in the grassy boulevard but was not injured.

According to testimony from Det. Lt. Darin Hunter, he said Reed's girlfriend - who was the witness's ex-girlfriend - denied telling Reed to swerve at the ex-boyfriend to try to scare him.

Regardless of any motive, Judge Pearson said the defendant was driving recklessly by passing a vehicle on the right side and not in the outermost right lane. The witness and victim said they were rollerblading in the parking spaces on the north side of the road when the accident occurred.

Reed did not leave the scene of the accident, according to the police report.



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