More charges for woman in crash that hurt Maryville teen

By News Sentinel staff
KNOXVILLE - Police have filed new charges against the driver who officers say injured a Maryville High School student and another driver last month, then fled the scene.

Police continue to seek two men accused of fleeing the same crash.

Bonifcio Galica, 44, of Lenoir City, thought to be one of the two men, left a driver's license behind, Knoxville Police Department spokesman Darrell DeBusk said today.

Georgia April Dawn Mingle, 28, faces charges of aggravated assault and reckless endangerment, DeBusk said. That's on top of a misdemeanor citation on leaving the scene of an accident, filed the day she turned herself in to police.

The crash happened Jan. 30 just after 6 p.m. on Interstate 140 East near Topside Road when police said a Nissan Altima driven by Ashley Reisser, a 19-year-old Maryville High senior, slid on the icy road and rear-ended a Chevrolet Malibu driven by David Shelton, 39, of Maryville. When Reisser and Shelton got out to check the damage, a Mitsubishi driven by Mingle collided with a Honda Civic, police said.

The Mitsubishi slid toward Reisser and pinned her against the wall, police said. Mingle drove away, and two men ran from the Civic, police said.

Records list the Civic as registered to Roberto Gomez of Lenoir City, DeBusk said. Officers haven't said whether they believe Galica was driving.

Police asked that anyone with information in the crash call 865-215-7212.