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Smoke Run woman waives hearing in fatal accident

Lidgett charged with DUI in crash that killed toddler

CLEARFIELD — A Clearfield County woman charged with homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence in connection with an accident that killed a 2-year-old girl waived her right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday during centralized court.

Jacqueline M. Lidgett, 55, of Smoke Run also is charged with aggravated assault by vehicle while driving under the influence, endangering the welfare of children, homicide by vehicle, aggravated assault by vehicle and involuntary manslaughter, all felonies, as well as misdemeanor DUI and recklessly endangering another person.

She is free on $250,000, unsecured bail.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, at 4:50 p.m. on Sept. 21, police were called to Banion Road in Bigler Township after a report of a crash involving a vehicle with two occupants. State police originally reported that Lidgett’s vehicle went off the right side of the road, down an embankment, struck multiple trees and overturned. A 2-year-old girl was killed in the impact.

In an interview with police, Lidgett stated she only remembered swerving to miss something in the roadway, but couldn’t remember what it was. Security cameras near the site of the crash reportedly showed a black SUV similar to Lidgett’s vehicle passing at 4:36 p.m. In the photos, the driver was slumped over the steering wheel and the vehicle was over the fog line, police said.

On Nov. 25, Lidgett was again questioned by police. At that point, she said the last thing she remembered before the crash was turning onto state Route 453 and passing the Madera Moose. The next thing she knew she was “upside down.” A blood test revealed that Lidgett was under the influence of methamphetamine, amphetamine and four other drugs at the time of the accident, according to the report.

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