Back in December I wrote about this incident wherein a cyclist reported being intentionally hit by a driver who immediately left the scene. Though they had the plate and description of the driver, they were concerned the case wasn't getting enough attention, and was being treated as a hit and run. WABA got involved and the MPD upgraded it to a felony assault.
Since then, members of the 5th District police conducted an investigation, located the driver - Shernetta Hagans, and made an arrest. Meanwhile, the charges were reduced from 'Assault' to 'Leaving the scene -
injury', to 'Leaving the scene - damage'.
She was inadvertently released after her arrest without being arraigned, and three subsequent summons mailed to her address were returned as 'Undeliverable.' According to her Facebook page, she is now at West Virginia State University. Ostensibly because of difficulty locating her, her case has been dismissed.
I'm not sure about the process in cases like this. Was she required to let the authorities know about a change of address? Can they issue a bench warrant for her? Will she be arrested again if she shows up in the system elsewhere? It would be a travesty if she were able to avoid facing these charges simply by moving elsewhere.
Kudos to the MPD for treating this seriously and arresting the driver, but there needs to be a reasonable follow-through to make sure she doesn't just walk away.