One woman charged after accident on Cook Road


WEST BRANCH –– One woman is awaiting a pretrial following a single-vehicle accident in which both she and the passenger were seriously injured.

Laura Maldonado, 25, of Gladwin waived her right to be formally arraigned in 82nd District Court. She was charged with one count each of operating while intoxicated causing serious injury, possession of a controlled substance and operating without a license, and she received a second-offense notice for a previous conviction of possession of narcotics.

Maldonado and her 77-year-old passenger, Jerry Leazenby of West Branch, were involved in the accident on Cook Road Jan. 29.

Ogemaw County Sheriff’s Deputy Joseph Adams told the Herald previously that Maldonado reportedly lost control while driving northbound on Cook Road when her vehicle left the roadway, hit an embankment and became airborne before colliding with a tree.

Adams said both occupants had to be extracted from the vehicle using the Jaws of Life. He said both were sent to West Branch Regional Medical Center in serious condition and Leazenby was later transported by ambulance to Covenant Healthcare in Saginaw.

Maldonado could potentially face up to eight years in prison if convicted on all counts. Bond was set at $10,000 cash or surety. She was bound over to circuit court and is awaiting her pre-trial scheduled for April 12. Her final pre-trial is scheduled May 10.


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