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Tallmadge police have arrested a Stow woman in connection with a hit/skip accident which occurred the morning of Jan. 27 on Strecker Drive in Tallmadge.
Ashley D. Eagleson, 29, turned herself in to police on Jan. 31. She was charged with vehicular assault, a third-degree felony, and leaving the scene of an accident that caused serious physical harm, a first-degree misdemeanor.
Tallmadge Police Chief Ron Williams says the victim, a 54-year-old Tallmadge woman, was struck as she walked along the side of Strecker Drive at 8:10 a.m. and "sustained a broken back."
On Jan. 31, Tallmadge police matched debris left at the accident scene to a car parked at David Bacon School, 181 Strecker Drive in Tallmadge. "The investigation led detectives to believe that Eagleson was the driver involved in the hit-skip," according to a press release issued by the police chief.
"Ms. Eagleson has not admitted involvement," Williams told the Tallmadge Express in an email Feb. 1. "She has obtained a new windshield in recent days and the few pieces of vehicle left at the scene fit her car."
The case will be presented to the Summit County Grand Jury. Eagleson was arraigned Feb. 1 in Stow Municipal Court before Judge Kim Hoover. She entered a not guilty plea to the charge of leaving the scene of an accident. A felony status hearing has been scheduled Feb. 9 before Stow Municipal Court Judge Lisa Coates on the vehicular assault charge. Eagleson's bond was set at 10 percent of $20,000 and she was ordered to have no contact with the victim. At press time, Feb. 2, she remained in custody in the Summit County Jail.
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