Woman charged in hit-skip that severely hurt bicyclist appears in court

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AVON LAKE, Ohio — The woman charged in a hit-and-run crash that severely hurt a bicyclist appeared in court Thursday.

Patty Banks, 51, of Bay Village, suffered multiple injuries May 15 when a car ran into her and kept going. Two days after she was hit, police found the vehicle involved at a body shop in Avon. The windshield was cracked and the front end was damaged.

Allison Spoerl, 21, was arrested and faces several charges in the case, including tampering with evidence, obstruction and assault. She was issued $5,000 bond.

Several bicyclists rode to Avon Lake Municipal Court ahead of the court appearance to show support for Banks and to bring awareness to cyclists.

“Really it’s an idea of being seen, not heard.  A respectful awareness that there are people behind those bicycles,” said organizer Mike Cousino.

To learn more about the event, CLICK HERE.

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