A Kenosha woman is facing many years behind bars after police and prosecutors say she crashed into a tree, driving about 100 miles per hour while drunk. Erika M McCoy was charged with six felonies and given four traffic citations today stemming from a almost-deadly crash from Wednesday evening.
According to the criminal complaint Kenosha County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to the 400 block of Sheridan Rd. just after 6:00 pm on Wednesday for an accident with injuries. Two children were involved. McCoy’s Jeep Grand Cherokee crashed into a tree. McCoy has a suspended driver’s license and was cited just days ago for driving without a license. McCoy was screaming about back pain and cuts to her face. McCoy’s two and seven year-old children were in the car at the time of the accident. Neither was in a car seat. The 7-year-old was ejected from the car and sustained life-threatening injuries. She had severe head trauma, a brain bleed, seizures, a cervical spine fracture and was breathing with a ventilator. The 2-year old needed stitches to close a laceration on her forehead.
A witness estimated that McCoy was driving erratically and going between 90 and 100 miles per hour almost hitting other cars. Deputies could detect an odor of intoxicants and later drew McCoy’s blood. The preliminary breath test, which is not admissible at trial, came in at .155 – almost twice the legal limit. A Drug Recognition Expert from the State Police concluded that McCoy was under the influence of stimulants and alcohol. The blood test is still pending.
In court today, defense attorney Melynda Benjamin told the court that her client has no previous criminal history and had recently received a cancer diagnosis. She asked for a $300 cash bond.
Kenosha County Assistant District Attorney Alexander Huber noted the seriousness of the allegations and asked the court to order a $50,000 cash bond.
Kenosha County Circuit Court Commissioner Larry Keating ordered a $50,000 cash bond for McCoy. She is due back in court on March 31 for a preliminary hearing.