Charges May Be Upgraded In Accident That Caused Motorcyclist To Lose A Leg

Saturday, June 22, 2013
Angela Mae Gale
Angela Mae Gale

Charges may be upgraded in a case in which a woman drove across into oncoming traffic. She hit a motorcyclist, whose leg had to be amputated.

Angela Mae Gale was charged with reckless driving in the incident March 6, 2012.

Prosecutor Dave Denny said, considering the nature of the case, it may warrant a charge of vehicular assault. 

The case has been postponed until Aug. 27, and the victim, Michael Bordon, will have a chance to come to court. General Sessions Court Judge Gary Starnes is presiding over the case.

Investigator Joe Warren said Ms. Gale was driving her 2012 VW Passat on Highway 58 northbound in the left travel lane when she came up on stopped traffic. She slammed on her brakes and steered to the left to avoid a rear-end collision.

She clipped the rear of a Toyota Camry driven by Harry Gossett and continued into oncoming traffic where she struck head-on a 2005 Harley Davidson driven by Mr. Bordon.

The report said, "The collision caused serious and life-threatening injuries to Michael Bordon, including an amputated leg that could not be reattached.

Ms. Gale told the investigator she had been up for several days with very little sleep. She said she had just left the methadone clinic. She admitted being addicted to opiates and said she was seeking treatment.

A witness saw her drop items in the grass at the scene. A syringe was recovered from the grass and two more were inside the driver side door panel of her VW.

A blood test showed less than .05 mg of methamphetamine, amphetamine and oxycodone.

Ms. Gale said she could not remember if she had prescriptions for those.

Investigator Warren said he concluded that Ms. Gale was driving 58.22 mph in the 45-mph zone.

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