Patricia Flores, 35, of Winona is facing two counts of aggravated assault and second offense driving under the influence for allegedly striking two teenage girls, ages 14 and 15, with her vehicle around 5 p.m. last Saturday evening on Powell Street, east of Highway 51.
“We received a call on the fifth that a child had been hit,” Winona investigating officer John Moore said. “When we arrived at the scene, two children had been hit.”
According to the investigation, Moore said the girls were traveling west on Powell Street, along the north side of the road, on their way to the motorcycle show on the grounds of Knox Gymnasium. Moore said one victim said she was walking on the Mt. Moriah Church side when she looked behind her and saw the vehicle approaching. She said she stepped off to the side, but before she could move off the roadway, she was struck. Moore said the victim said the car then struck her friend who was walking ahead of her..
Moore said the two victims sustained moderate injuries. One suffered two broken bones in her leg as well as abrasions, and the second suffered abrasions and a broken toe.
“One of the girls flew into the windshield of the car,” Moore said. “Her head and elbow hit the windshield.”
Moore said witnesses identified the vehicle as a dark green Pontiac driven by a female.
“We put out a [Be On The Lookout], and Chief [Johnny Hargrove] spotted her near Bob Black’s [Wrecker Service office],” Moore said. “[Flores] had her 12-year-old daughter in the car with her.”
Flores was charged with two counts of aggravated assault, second offense driving under the influence, no driver’s license, no insurance, and leaving the scene of an accident.
She was released on a $21,463.50 bond.
Tuesday, Flores failed to appear in Winona City Court. She was found guilty in her absence for no driver’s license, no insurance, and leaving the scene of an accident. Judge Devo Lancaster continued the two counts of aggravated assault to the action of the grand jury, but he did not rule on the DUI due to Flores not appearing in court.
A bench warrant was issued for her arrest.