The motorist accused of hitting a LOTOJA cyclist while under the influence pleaded not guilty to three charges Wednesday.
Patricia Gene Williams, 62, of Hoback Junction, faces charges of DUI, leaving the scene of an injury accident and reckless endangerment after a Wyoming Highway Patrol investigation concluded that she was driving a truck that sideswiped a competitor in the LOTOJA cycling race Sept. 12.
Her attorney, Richard Mulligan, filed an entry of appearance on her behalf Wednesday morning along with a written not-guilty plea.
Her trial is scheduled for December.
Williams is said to have knocked Marci Simons of Springville, Utah, off her bike while she was crossing the Snake River bridge north of Hoback Junction near the Henry’s Road turnoff. She then drove away without stopping, according to investigating troopers.
Simons did not fall over the edge of the bridge, and escaped the incident with minor injuries.
A motorcycle chase crew following the racing group followed Williams until police could catch up to her.
When a trooper questioned her on the matter, she said she felt “something” and heard “something” when Simons fell. She is said to have then burst into tears, explaining that “all the way to where she was stopped she wanted to turn around, go back and see how the person was” but did not, troopers said.
Troopers reported that Williams blew a 0.193 on a portable breath test, more than twice the legal limit for blood alcohol content while driving.
Williams has been out of jail since soon after the crash after posting a $2,500 cash bail.
Between the three charges, two misdemeanors and one high misdemeanor, Williams faces two years imprisonment and $2,500 in fines.
Teton County Deputy Prosecutor Terry Rogers and Mulligan have until Dec. 7 to reach an agreement on the matter before it continues to trial.