Driver in fatal crash makes plea

DAVENPORT, Iowa - The woman who police say is responsible for the death of another driver was in court on Thursday.

Shortly before 6 o'clock on the night of January 30 police say Lauria Kelly, 57, of Alvarado, Texas struck two vehicles that were stopped at the red light at 2nd and Brady Streets.

Kelly and one of the other drivers were transported to a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

The third driver, Cynthia Jones, 53, of Davenport, died at the scene.

According to police reports, witnesses said Kelly blew through at least two red lights, at 2nd and Harrison and 2nd and Main, at a high rate of speed before the crash.

Lauria Kelly is charged with reckless homicide by vehicle, failure to stop at a red light, and driving without insurance.

On Thursday Kelly was arraigned in a Scott County courtroom where she pleaded not guilty.  Her next appearance is a pre-trial conference on March 31.

Kelly is being held in the Scott County Jail on a cash-only $100,000 bond.


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