Man faces charges for fleeing crash scene, injured girlfriend

Police said woman suffered multiple injuries in March 25 accident

From Mirror staff reports

Charges have been filed against a man who police said left his injured girlfriend lying on the side of the road after he crashed an SUV on Sixth Avenue in March.

Todd J. Brown, 30, currently an inmate in the Carbon County Correctional Facility, was arraigned by video on Thursday on a felony charge of accidents involving death or personal injury for his alleged role in the March 25 crash that left his girlfriend with severe injuries and that caused thousands of dollars in damage.

According to Altoona police, Brown and his girlfriend were out drinking at a Juniata bar before the crash late on the night of March 25.

The girlfriend, who police said suffered injuries that include a broken nose, a concussion, several broken ribs, a punctured lung and the loss of seven teeth, told Altoona police Brown was drinking rum and Cokes as well as vodka from a Gatorade bottle he had taken into the bar, becoming more and more drunk until he was “shut off.”

The girlfriend said Brown was upset and difficult at the bar after he was refused service, so they left. She told police he was driving so fast she begged him to slow down. One of the last things she remembered was “flying past the Knickerbocker” at what she estimated was about 65 mph.

Police said Brown crashed on the 4200 block of Sixth Avenue, slamming his Honda Passport into a building and gate at Seymore Brothers before shearing off a utility pole. Police said Brown’s girlfriend was thrown from the vehicle after it struck the pole.

She also told police she remembered lying alongside the road with blood and gravel in her mouth and watching Brown run from the scene.

Another driver who happened upon the scene after the crash told police he saw a man in a “bright red windbreaker” kneeling on the ground talking to a woman on the ground. When the other driver stopped and got out, the man in the red windbreaker ran up to him and said, “Call the police.”

Police said the girlfriend confirmed Brown was wearing a red sweatshirt that night and was even wearing those clothes when he visited her in the hospital not long after the crash. During the visit, Brown had his girlfriend take a picture of a large cut on the right side of his scalp to commemorate the accident. She turned that photo over to police, according to the charges.

The girlfriend told police she believed Brown fled the scene because he was wanted in Carbon County on a probation violation. Brown, who was arrested this summer, wrote his girlfriend letters from jail in Carbon County. Police said he tried to convince her, falsely, in letters from jail that he had taken responsibility for the crash.

Brown’s bail is set at 10 percent of $15,000, and he is scheduled to appear at Central Court on Sept. 6 for a preliminary hearing.

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