A trial is under way in the case of a Del City woman accused striking a worker with her sport utility vehicle and leaving the scene after jumping a curb and driving through two front yards to get around a construction site.
Carla Marie Davis, 33, is charged with leaving the scene of an injury accident and reckless driving, court records show.
Testimony in the case is expected to begin Tuesday.
Prosecutors allege Davis ignored the worker, who told her she could not drive around a cement truck blocking a street in front of a home at 1503 Brookdale Drive, where workers were pouring concrete about 8:15 a.m. on June 9, 2011.
Davis backed up, jumped the curb and drove through the yards of residences at 1508 and 1512 Brookdale Drive to go around the cement truck, striking the same worker with her SUV, police reported.
The worker, Teddy Rupe, was struck with the passenger side mirror and fender of the vehicle, a 2001 Ford Expedition, court records show.
Rupe, a heavy-equipment operator for the city of Del City, previously testified that he approached Davis' vehicle and told her she couldn't continue “on through,” according to a transcript from Davis's preliminary hearing.
“She said I couldn't block the street that way and I said, ‘Yes, ma'am, I can,'” Rupe testified.
The cement truck was parked sideways, blocking the entire street, and traffic cones also were visible, the worker testified.
Rupe said he turned his back and walked back toward his crew when the driver of the concrete truck said, “She's trying to go around the truck,” according to the transcript.
The worker said he peeked around the front of the truck and saw the SUV traveling south toward SE 15 in his direction. All four wheels were in the yard, he said.
“I had my hands raised in the air, as high as I could get them, yelling for her to stop,” Rupe testified.
The vehicle continued moving, and Rupe was hit by the corner of the vehicle's fender and possibly the mirror, causing deep bruising to his rib and stomach area, he testified.
Davis, he testified, kept driving and turned onto SE 15, failing to stop for a stop sign.
Rupe identified the vehicle and Davis, who drove away, as the driver who struck him. She was arrested at a residence in the 3000 block of SE 18 Place.