Driver accused of leaving disabled passenger at scene of accident in June
A 31-year-old resident of Wyoming has been arrested and accused making up information about a car-tree accident at 2:35 a.m. June 10 on Fargo Road, Stafford, where a disabled passenger was seriously injured.
Nicole Kimberly Sullivan, 31, of North Main Street, Wyoming, is charged with assault, 2nd, endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled person, falsely reporting an incident and operator leaving the scene of an accident with injuries.
Sheriff's Office investigators say that following the accident, Sullivan was the actual driver of the vehicle, even though she initially told responders that driver had left the scene. Firefighters and deputies then conducted an extensive search of the area for the possible driver, both to locate the driver and out of concern the driver could be injured.
Later that morning, Sullivan admitted to deputies that she was the driver of the vehicle.
The passenger, Zachery W. Schwarts, 20, was transported by Mercy Flight to Strong Memorial Hospital.
Investigator Joseph Graff and Deputy Eric Meyer, who assisted in the investigation, assert that Sullivan failed to report the accident as soon as she was physically able to do so and that she failed to make timely notification of the need for medical assistance for the injured passenger.
Sullivan was also issued citations for driving left of pavement markings, unlicensed operator, aggravated unlicensed operation, 3rd, failure to notify DMV of address change, no seat belt, and unregistered motor vehicle.
Also assisting in the investigation, Sgt. John Baiocco.
Top photo: File photo.