A Texas woman charged in a deadly crash late last month in downtown Davenport has waived her right to a preliminary hearing that was scheduled for Friday.
Lauria Lee Kelly, 57, of Alvarado, filed the waiver in Scott County District Court Monday through her attorney, Harlan Giese Jr.
During a preliminary hearing, a judge hears evidence to determine whether there is enough probable cause to justify a trial.
She will be arraigned March 2.
Kelly is charged with homicide by vehicle-reckless driving, a Class C felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
The crash happened shortly before 6 p.m. Jan. 30.
According to an arrest affidavit filed by the Davenport Police Department, Kelly was driving her blue 2005 Dodge truck eastbound on 2nd Street at a high rate of speed. The speed limit downtown is 25 mph and the street is narrow, with diagonal parking along one side and parallel parking along the other side. The street has several areas of restricted vision because of the height of the nearby buildings closely positioned to the street.
Witnesses to the crash and events leading up to it told police that Kelly was driving very fast and that she ran through at least two red traffic lights; one at 2nd and Harrison streets and the other at 2nd and Main streets, according to the affidavit.
One witness, who was crossing 2nd Street at Brady, said she heard the roar of an engine just prior to the crash, according to the affidavit.
Kelly's vehicle struck the rear of a red Chevrolet Monte Carlo that was stopped at the red light on 2nd and Brady. The force of the impact caused fatal injuries to the driver, Cynthia Elaine Jones, 53, of Davenport.
The Monte Carlo then was pushed into the rear of a green 1999 Buick Regal that was in front of it. The force of the crash was so great that all three vehicles came to a rest on the other side of the intersection more than 100 feet away, according to the affidavit.
Kelly and the driver of the Buick were taken to a hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.
Kelly was arrested after her release from the hospital and taken to the Scott County Jail, according to the affidavit.
While she was in the hospital, police sought a search warrant to take a blood sample for testing.
According to an application filed in support of the search warrant, a certified drug recognition expert examined Kelly and noted that she showed multiple signs and symptoms of impairment, including dilated and watery eyes, unsteadiness, quick slurred speech and jerky and fumbled movements.
She also had a “distorted sense of reality” and believed the “Order of the Masons” was chasing her, according to the application.
She consented to a breath test, which showed that she had a blood alcohol content of 0.0, according to the application.
The application further states that Kelly’s symptoms were consistent with “her using central nervous system stimulants and narcotic analgesics.”