New Albany News

Johnstown woman charged for July hit-skip accident in New Albany Links


New Albany Police on Nov. 22 announced the arrest of Cherie Brenner, 50, of 3801 Riley Road, Johnstown, in association with a July 8 hit-skip accident in the New Albany Links subdivision.

Brenner is being charged with aggravated vehicular assault, vehicular assault, failing to stop after an accident, tampering with evidence and operating a motor vehicle under the influence.

Police said Brenner was driving east on Walnut Street toward New Albany Links Drive at 9 p.m. July 8 when she hit two teenagers and then left the scene.

Brenner's vehicle struck a 14-year-old girl in a small battery-operated vehicle. She was being pushed by another 14-year-old girl, who, reports said, is not from Ohio.

A pickup truck then struck the battery-operated vehicle and left the scene, police said.

The 14-year-old girl riding in the battery-operated vehicle had internal injuries that required surgery. She took several months to recover from the injuries.

Brenner turned herself in two days after the incident. She was released and not considered a flight risk, the police report said.

Evidence was collected and turned over to the Franklin County Prosecutor's Office, which presented evidence to a grand jury, which returned an indictment against Brenner Nov. 21.

The most serious charge against her is a third-degree felony, which carries a sentence of up to five years in prison.