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Sykesville woman waives right to preliminary hearing
Saturday, June 15, 2013
By Jeff Corcino Staff Writer
DUBOIS - A Sykesville woman accused of causing a DUI crash that seriously injured another driver waived her right to a preliminary hearing before Magisterial District Judge Jerome Nevling yesterday afternoon in DuBois.
Kathryn M. Bembenic, 31, is charged with aggravated assault by vehicle while DUI, accident involving serious bodily injury, DUI, reckless driving, disregard traffic lane and failure to stop, give information or render aid.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, on Oct. 14, 2012, at 5:47 a.m., Sandy Township police responded to a two-vehicle accident involving Bembenic and April McClain.
According to McClain, she was driving north on U.S. Route 119 in the area of Stanley Bottom Road in a Chevrolet Blazer when she saw a pickup truck in her lane driving in the opposite direction. McClain said she did not have much time to react and applied her brakes but was hit anyway.
After she was hit, McClain said she yelled for help but Bembenic never came over to offer help.
McClain had to be cut out of the vehicle and flown to Altoona Regional Health System for treatment for her injuries, which included a dislocated/fractured hip, broken ribs, broken finger, concussion, contusions and bruising. McClain had surgery to re-attach her hip and will likely need to have both hips replaced in the future.
She was admitted to a nursing home where she received 12 weeks of intensive physical therapy, and the injuries she received will prevent her from walking normally for the rest of her life.
Because of her injuries, McClain missed four months of work and had to get a new job because she can no longer stand for a long period of time.
Bembenic was not injured in the accident.
When police interviewed Bembenic at the scene and officer Curtis Marino asked her what happened, Bembenic replied, "I shouldn't have been driving."
Marino reported he could smell alcohol on her breath and noticed Bembenic had an unsteady gate. He asked her again what happened and she replied, "I had too much to drink and I hit that car."
She also failed several field sobriety tests and was arrested and transported to the hospital for blood testing. Lab testing determined Bembenic's blood alcohol content was 0.217 percent.
Bembenic is free on $25,000 unsecured bail.
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