ANNAPOLIS, Md.(WJZ) — Charges against an accused drunk driver who police say is responsible for running down two bicyclists, nearly killing them.
Tracey Leong spoke to police to learn what charges she’s facing.
The woman has been indicted on 11 charges, including two counts of second-degree assault as well as driving while impaired by alcohol while transporting a minor.
The two cyclists hit while riding on the Baltimore-Annapolis Trail are still recovering after last month’s accident.
“They tried to get us on the same helicopter, but they had to rush her out for serious injuries, life threatening,” said cyclist Todd Green.
Police say the driver — 54-year-old Robin Colbert — who had a blood alcohol level that was nearly double the legal limit, struck Todd Green and his girlfriend Katie Pohler from behind while they rode in a designated bike lane.
Bike advocates like John Korin are satisfied with the charges.
“It put four lives at risk. It put the woman’s own life at risk and she had a young child in the car with her whose life was put at risk,” said Korin.
The message from police is clear — safety. They say never drink if you are going to be getting behind the wheel and always share the road.
“We want to avoid tragedies. That’s the big story in this. We want to avoid tragedies like this because they are absolutely avoidable,” said Lt. T.J. Smith with Anne Arundel County Police.
For the other cyclists who frequent this trail, they are hoping this brings positive change.
“Bikes have a right to be on the road as much as cars and we’ve all got to live together,” said cyclist Rory Brett
According to court records, Robin Colbert is scheduled to go to trial in November of this year. She faces up to 20 years in prison for these charges.
Bike advocates want to remind the public that bicyclists have the right to ride on any road with a posted speed limit of 50 miles-per-hour or less.
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