Preliminary hearing rescheduled in motorcycle crash case

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By Tom Wilmoth

A preliminary hearing for the Bedford woman charged with two counts of felony maiming, DUI, in connection with an incident that occurred over Memorial Day weekend has been rescheduled for Oct. 26 at 1:30 p.m. in General District Court.


    That hearing had originally been set for August 31.
    The incident occurred on May 28 when the car 41-year-old Elizabeth Doris Coe was driving collided with a 1986 Honda Gold Wing motorcycle on Route 43, near Northside Supply, at the intersection with Kelso Mill Road. The driver and passenger on the motorcycle were airlifted by helicopter from the scene to Roanoke Memorial Hospital. Coe was transported to Bedford Memorial Hospital.
    Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney John Wheelock said he believes the evidence will show Coe’s 2008 Ford Fusion drifted over the center line and struck the motorcycle.
 Wheelock said he believes the case is strong against Coe. She also faces a misdemeanor DUI charge.
    Anthony McClure of Bedford, the driver, and Laura Fizer of Montvale were injured in the incident.
    “The injuries are severe and permanent,” he said of the two victims on the motorcycle.
    McClure, stated Wheelock, had an arm amputated as a result of his injuries and has also lost his eyesight. One of his legs was also severely injured, according to Wheelock.
    Fizer, he said, is also still recovering and both continue to undergo physical therapy.
    Wheelock said he believes evidence will show Coe had a blood alcohol level of .16, twice the legal limit.
    If convicted of the felony DUI maiming charges, Coe could face from one to five years in prison on each.