WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Winston-Salem Journal) — A Guilford County woman charged in a wreck that killed a Winston-Salem bicyclist has agreed to enter a deferred prosecution program that could result in charges against her being dismissed.
Kimberly Crews Mann of Summerfield was charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle last year after the Guilford County District Attorney’s Office reviewed the investigation.
Katherine Shubert, 38, was riding her bicycle in Guilford County on April 13, 2012, when she was struck by an SUV that Mann was driving. Mann told the highway patrol that she was blinded by the sun and didn’t see Shubert, according to Trooper Greg Ingram of the N.C. Highway Patrol.
Mann was in Guilford District Court on Monday and agreed to go into the deferred prosecution program, Assistant District Attorney Howard Neumann said.
Under the program, Mann will have to make financial contributions to two bicycle organizations and speak at three different meetings of a group called Right Choice, Neumann said. Mann also must not be convicted of any motor vehicle violation over the next six months.
She is allowed to drive during that time, Neumann said.
If she complies with all the conditions, prosecutors will voluntarily dismiss charges against her, he said. Speed and alcohol were not factors in the wreck, Neumann said.
Her next court date will be Dec. 3.
Source: Michael Hewlett/Winston-Salem Journal