Bond set in car assault case

WARREN – Bond for a city woman accused of running over a man with a car at Packard Park last week was set at $5,000 on Monday during her arraignment in municipal court.

April Walker, 53, 1775 Colt Court, is charged with felonious assault. She is due back in Warren Municipal Court on Friday for a preliminary hearing before Judge Thomas P. Gysegem.

Walker, who was being held at the Trumbull County Jail, is accused of injuring William Whitman, 51, of Pacific Place N.W., Warren, and sending him to a local hospital after the two got into an argument last Friday at the park, according to reports.

Police said they went to the park on Mahoning Avenue around 7:30 p.m. after receiving reports that a man there had been run over by a vehicle. Officers reported they found Whitman lying in the roadway in the southwest corner of the park, and that he was awake and talking, but that he had “several serious visible injuries and appeared to be in an intense amount of pain,” according to a Warren police report.

He was treated at Trumbull Memorial Hospital for multiple fractures.

Whitman told police that he and Walker had gone to the park together and started arguing over “relationship issues,” the police report states.

Whitman told police that Walker went to her vehicle and began to leave the park without him. Whitman told police he asked Walker to stop so that he could leave with her, but she started the vehicle and gunned the engine, going a short distance with Whitman standing in front of the vehicle, the report states.

Whitman told police he yelled for Walker to stop, but she gunned the engine again, this time pushing him up onto the hood. Whitman told police that Walker then accelerated as he tried to hold onto the hood.

Walker turned sharply, causing him to lose his grip on the hood and roll off to the passenger side of the vehicle.

Whitman told police that his legs hit the ground first, then his right side. He told police that the right tire then ran over his head.

Whitman gave police Walker’s license plate number and told them that she was staying at the Christie House.

Police said statements from witness were consistent with what Whitman had told them. One witness told police that Whitman had been unconscious immediately after the incident, but that he had been able to “wake” him when he went to check on Whitman.

Police located Walker’s vehicle in the parking lot outside the Christie House at 919 South Main St. S.E. around 7:40 p.m. Police said the vehicle had a cracked windshield. They located Walker inside the facility and arrested her.

She was taken to Trumbull County Jail, where a field sobriety tests were done. Police said that after Walker failed the sobriety tests, she was taken to Trumbull Memorial Hospital to have blood drawn to check her alcohol level; however, she refused the to have the blood test done.

Police then obtained a search warrant to have the test done. They said the sample was submitted into evidence for testing at the crime lab at a later time.

Whitman was treated at Trumbull Memorial Hospital for multiple fractures.