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Teen driver who tried to run over brother with VW bug must pay $43,000 in restitution

Cary Ashby • Dec 16, 2012 at 8:07 PM

A Willard teenager must pay nearly $43,000 in restitution for trying to run over her brother with a car on their property. She also received a month-long jail sentence.

Taylor L. Cress, 19, of 4605 Willard West Road, was in Huron County Common Pleas Court for her sentencing hearing Wednesday.

On Nov. 2, she pleaded guilty to an amended fourth-degree felony of attempted aggravated vehicular assault. In exchange, prosecutors agreed to dismiss one count of felonious assault, also stemming from the same July 7 incident.

Judge Jim Conway ordered Cress to report to the Huron County Jail at 5 p.m. Jan. 9 to serve a 30-day sentence.

Cress must pay a total of $42,639.32 in restitution to the following companies or workers as part of her three years of basic probation: LifeFlight, Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center, MPE Billing Services LLC, Lucas County Emergency Physicians, the emergency room consultant, Consulting Pathologist Corp., Radadvantage APC and the ambulance provider.

Cress was convicted of driving a 2003 yellow Volkswagen Beetle recklessly when she hit her 24-year-old brother Michael while on their property July 7. The victim was standing on the east side of the house at the time.

"There was an apparent argument between the brother and sister," Huron County Sheriff's Lt. Mike Cooksey said earlier. "The sister then began doing doughnuts in the front yard."

Cooksey said investigators determined the incident appeared to be "an intentional act."

A LifeFlight helicopter flew Michael Cress to Mercy St. Vincent in Toledo to be treated for unspecified injuries. He was treated and released.

Huron County Prosecutor Russell Leffler has said Michael Cress wasn't seriously injured.

If Cress violates her probation, she faces 18 months in prison.

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