An Alvarado, Texas, woman charged in the January motor vehicle death of Cynthia Elaine Jones in downtown Davenport has waived her right to a jury trial.
The case against Lauria Lee Kelly, 58, will be determined by a judge on Jan. 8, according to court documents filed Friday.
Court records show that she intends to rely on the defenses of insanity or diminished responsibility.
A final pretrial conference is scheduled for Jan. 3.
Kelly remained in the Scott County Jail Monday on a $100,000 cash-only bond. She is charged with homicide by vehicle-reckless driving, a Class C felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
Police say Kelly was driving her blue 2005 Dodge truck east on 2nd Street at a high rate of speed just before 6 p.m. Jan. 30.
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 police.
One witness, who was crossing 2nd Street at Brady, said she heard the roar of an engine just prior to the crash, according to police.
Kelly's vehicle struck the rear of a red Chevrolet Monte Carlo that was stopped at the red light at 2nd and Brady. The force of the impact caused fatal injuries to 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 police.
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 police.
According to an application filed in support of a search warrant, she had a “distorted sense of reality" and believed the "Order of the Masons" was chasing her, according to the application.
She was found fit to stand trial in June.