Corry woman pleads guilty to aggravated assault

A Corry woman has pleaded guilty to aggravated assault by vehicle while driving under the influence stemming from a September 2016 crash in Pittsfield Township.

Trinity L. Lindstrom-Kotouch, 43, was charged by Pennsylvania State Police back in December.

On Thursday, she pleaded guilty to aggravated assault by vehicle while DUI and DUI: High rate of alcohol – first offense.

In exchange for the plea, charges of aggravated assault, DUI: General impairment/incapable of safe driving with accident – first offense, driving on right side of roadway, driving on roadways laned for traffic, prohibiting text-based communications, careless driving and failure to use safety belt – driver and occupant were not prosecuted.

According to police, Lindstrom-Kotouch was driving west on Route 6 when her vehicle crossed into the eastbound lane, went back across the westbound lane, and struck the guide rail head-on.

Police said the vehicle then rolled onto its roof and slid about 50 feet before rolling again onto its passenger side and sliding another 150 feet.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, Lindstrom-Kotouch was taken to Corry Memorial Hospital for treatment “before PSP arrived on scene.” A passenger in the SUV was still trapped in the vehicle when police arrived.

“Lindstrom-Kotouch… admitted to drinking prior to the crash,” police said in the affidavit.

In the explanation of the aggravated assault charge in the criminal complaint, police said Lindstrom-Kotouch “did recklessly cause serious bodily injury” to the passenger “under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life.”

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