- Associated Press - Monday, October 12, 2015

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) - A woman accused in a traffic accident that killed a pedestrian in Kansas City, Kansas, has filed motions challenging the charges against her.

Tamika Pledger is charged with involuntary manslaughter and aggravated battery. She’s accused of accidentally running into four teenagers Jan. 13. A 16-year-old girl died a week later from her injuries, The Kansas City Star reported (https://bit.ly/1Owp6A1 ).

Pledger has filed motions challenging the criminal charges and the legality of the proceedings in Wyandotte County District Court. She contends Wyandotte County officials don’t have jurisdiction to prosecute her and that a judge didn’t sign the affidavit to support the charges.

According to documents filed in Wyandotte County District Court, Pledger is accused of speeding to the area after receiving a call from her daughter about a fight that was about to occur. Investigators determined her car was going more than 50 mph in a 20-mph zone when it crested a hill and rain into the teens.

The charges do not allege that she intentionally hit the group, but that she was driving in a reckless manner.

Tierra Smith, 16, died a week later from her injuries.

A Wyandotte County judge has denied Pledger’s bid to dismiss the case for lack of jurisdiction, but Pledger is appealing.

Wyandotte County District Attorney Jerry Gorman declined comment on Pledger’s filings. Her preliminary hearing is Oct. 29.

“Any responses we need to make will be done in the courtroom,” Gorman said.

Pledger had been running for a seat on the board of commissioners of the Unified Government in Wyandotte County at the time of the crash in January, but she lost that race.


Information from: The Kansas City Star, https://www.kcstar.com

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