Fiancée Of Motorcyclist Who Lost Leg In Crash Pleads For Driver To Turn Self In
Police say Jennifer Lee registered more than twice the legal limit for alcohol in her blood when she hit a motorcyclist earlier this summer.
But she was a no-show in court this week, and now a warrant is out for her arrest.
Before June 14, it seemed nothing could stop William Stanley.
"He's an on-the-go type person,” said Stanley’s fiancée, Melea Stonework. “He's always on the move, goes to the gym two times a day, runs the Hoover Dam stairs about 10 times."
After June 14, his life is very different.
Stanley, who goes by Skip, was riding his motorcycle down Cleveland Avenue when police say Lee’s car pulled out in front of him.
The impact blew Stanley's bike apart and sent him flying some 60 feet.
When Stonework arrived at the hospital, she says he was almost unrecognizable.
“He had bleeding on the brain in three places, broken collar bone, nine broken ribs and his leg was mangled. It was bad,” she said.
Despite several surgeries, his right leg could not be saved.
"He cried maybe the first week when he found out about his leg,” says Stonework. “And after that, we just kept encouraging him and telling him, ‘Skip, you will run again, you will work out again.’”
She says there are moments when he forgets what he's lost.
"Where if I'm in here and I'm lotioning his leg, he'll tell me, ‘Get my other foot, too’. So I just do it. Like, ‘Is that better skip?’ He says, ‘Yeah, that's better.’”
Stanley is currently being cared for at a Westerville nursing home.
Though he's made progress, his future is uncertain.
Adding to the difficulty of their struggle is the fact that it all could have been avoided.
To the driver responsible, they have this message:
"Get some help. Turn yourself in,” says Stonework. “Do what you need to do. Look at this man. He deserves justice. He definitely deserves justice."
Investigators say Lee's blood alcohol content was .19.
She is charged with two counts of aggravated vehicular assault and two counts of drunken-driving.
A warrant is out for her arrest.
There is also an investigation into the police department’s role just before the crash.
Lee’s roommate had called Columbus police to her home, saying Lee was drunk and belligerent.
Officers responded to the scene and talked with Lee.
It was just a few minutes later that she collided with William Stanley.
There is an internal affairs investigation into how those officers handled Lee and whether they could have prevented her from getting behind the wheel.
That investigation is ongoing.
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