LYNN — A Lynn teacher has been ordered held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing on charges related to a hit-and-run crash Tuesday night involving a friend of her estranged husband.
Ingalls Elementary School teacher Kimberly Ann English, 49, 40 Hillside Road, Swampscott, pleaded not guilty in Lynn District Court Wednesday morning on charges that include attempted murder. She is due back in court Sept. 17.
English was arrested by Swampscott Police Tuesday night in connection with the crash involving a pedestrian on Magnolia Road in Swampscott, according to a statement from the office of Essex County District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett.
Swampscott police said the incident occurred in the vicinity of 17 Magnolia Road at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Carl Schroeder, who said he is in the process of a divorce from English and has been separated for four years, this morning described the female victim as a friend who was standing on the sidewalk in front of his house on the narrow street of well-kept, kept homes when she was struck by a car allegedly driven by English.
Schroeder said the car appeared to be driven deliberately “to strike my friend.”
Ed Ramos, who lives next door to Schroeder, said his wife heard a commotion outside their house at about 7:30 p.m. and saw a woman on the ground behind a car and was crying and screaming.
Shortly thereafter police and emergency medical personnel arrived on the scene, tended to the victim and placed her in an ambulance.
“It’s a very sad situation,” said Schroeder, who said he obtained a court restraining order against his estranged wife a year ago.
Thomas Iarrobino, Lynn school spokesman, said this morning that English teaches at the Ingalls Elementary School. He did not know immediately what action will be taken by the school department.
"I suspect the superintendent is seeking the advice of counsel as we speak," he said.
The victim was transported to Salem Hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries, according to the district attorney's statement.
English was to be arraigned on the following charges: aggravated assault and battery with the intent to commit murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, leaving the scene of personal injury, operating left of center, operating to endanger, 209A violation, and speeding, the statement said.
Ed Ramos, the neighbor, said, “This is extremely unusual for this area and definitely outside the norm.”
Cyrus Moulton of of The Daily Item/Itemlive.com contributed to this story.
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