LIMA — A Lima woman who ran down a bicyclist with her vehicle earlier this year was sentenced to four years in prison Thursday in Allen County Common Pleas Court.
Vonda Gilbert was sentenced by Judge David Cheney after pleading guilty in late September to a charge of felonious assault, a second-degree felony. Her plea was part of an agreement with prosecutors which called for one misdemeanor charge of unauthorized use of a motor vehicle to be dismissed.
Gilbert, 54, was indicted in June by an Allen County grand jury and entered a written plea of not guilty by reason of insanity in July. She was subsequently found competent to stand trial following a court-ordered psychological evaluation.
She faced up to eight years in prison and a $15,000 fine.
According to court documents, Lima police responded May 10 to 200 E. Pearl Street, Lima, in response to the report of a traffic accident. The victim, Nickie Craft, was riding his bicycle westbound on Pearl Street when it was struck from behind by a 2002 Ford Escort driven by Gilbert.
Craft told police he was run over by the vehicle, causing serious harm to his left arm, left shoulder and right ankle.
Gilbert fled the scene southbound on Union Street and was involved in another traffic accident at the intersection of Wayne and Union streets. According to police reports, she was found to be in a state of intoxication and was taken into custody.
She reportedly admitted to police that she knowingly struck Craft with her vehicle.