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A Spartansburg woman who is accused of a hit-and-run accident in July 2020 waived her preliminary hearing on Feb. 12, in front of District Judge Amy  L. Nicols.

A trial date has not yet been set.

Pennsylvania State Police allege that Lindsay Raines, 35, rear-ended an Amish buggy on Canadohta Lake Road in Sparta Township on July 5, and then fled the scene. 

Four occupants of the buggy, two adults and two infants, suffered injuries as a result of the accident. The adults were transported to UPMC Hamot in Erie and the children were taken to UPMC Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh. 

About four months passed before charges were formally brought against Raines. Crawford County District Attorney Francis Schulz said in an interview at the time that an accident reconstruction along with the alleged victims’ medical records and evaluation can take some time to investigate thoroughly.

Police charged Raines with two third-degree felony counts of aggravated assault by vehicle and two third-degree felony counts of accidents involving death or personal injury. 

Each count carries a maximum penalty of seven years in jail and a $15,000 fine if convicted. 

She also faces two first-degree misdemeanor counts of accidents involving death or personal injury — each count carries a maximum penalty of five years in jail if convicted — and one third-degree misdemeanor count of accident involving damage to attended vehicle.

Raines was charged with eight summary counts of passing on left unsafely, following too closely, driving at safe speed, careless driving, reckless driving, failure to stop and give information render aid, failure to notify police of accident and restrictions on alcoholic beverages. 

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