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Woman indicted in Avon Lake hit-skip

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    Allison Spoerl

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(Editor’s Note: This story has been updated.)

An Avon Lake woman is facing four felony charges for allegedly hitting and seriously injuring a cyclist before fleeing the scene of the crash at Lake and Moore roads in May.

Allison Spoerl, 21, was indicted by a Lorain County grand jury Thursday on charges of aggravated vehicular assault and tampering with evidence, both third-degree felonies; two counts of failure to stop after an accident, one fourth-degree felony and one fifth-degree felony; and falsification, a first-degree misdemeanor.

Court records did not show an arraignment date or other scheduled hearings. A message seeking comment on the case was left for Spoerl’s attorney, Kenneth Lieux.

Spoerl is accused of hitting and seriously injuring 51-year-old Patty Banks, of Bay Village, during a hit-and-run traffic crash on May 15.

According to Avon Lake police, Spoerl was driving a 2017 Ford Focus when she hit Banks and her bicycle just after 4 p.m. that day. Witnesses told police the Ford hit Banks as she rode east on the south side of Lake Road.

Spoerl allegedly did not stop and fled south on Moore Road. Banks was taken to the Avon Lake Fire Department, and from there flown to Metro Health Medical Center in Cleveland for treatment.

Avon Lake police released photos of the vehicle to the media and public, and the next day found it at an Avon body shop. It had a shattered windshield, dented roof and scratches on its hood, additional photos showed.

Spoerl was identified as the driver and charged. Her driver’s license was surrendered and suspended following her arrest, and she was released on bond. The suspension was lifted July 3 and her license reinstated, according to court records. 

Cyclists rallied around Banks after the crash and Spoerl’s arrest, showing up for hearings in Avon Lake Municipal Court.

Avon Lake City Council and Mayor Greg Zilka presented Avon Lake resident Marcia Herwaldt with a proclamation June 10 for giving Banks first aid after the crash.

Herwaldt, who has nursing and EMT training, stopped the bleeding from Banks’ carotid artery.

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


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