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Dowagiac woman headed to trial in hit and run case

Published 6:03pm Wednesday, August 29, 2012

A Dowagiac woman who allegedly fled the scene after running over a motorcycle and its driver with her sport utility vehicle earlier this month is heading to trial.

Kathy Lynn Morse, 41, waived her right to a preliminary examination Wednesday, according to the Cass County Prosecutor’s office.

A trial date will soon be set for Morse to be held in Cass County Circuit Court.

Morse is charged with five felonies, including fleeing the scene of an accident resulting in serious impairment or death, which carries a penalty of five years.

During arraignment Aug. 1, Assistant Prosecutor Tiffiny Vohwinkle said Morse drove her vehicle head-on into a motorcycle driven by Zachary Cox, 21, of Dowagiac. This occurred at just before 11 p.m. Aug. 1 at M-51 and M-152. According to witnesses, Morse continued driving with the motorcycle stuck under her car, dragging it into a parking lot.

Morse allegedly opened the door, yelled for someone to call 911 and drove off, the court heard during arraignment.

Police later located Morse, who admitted to taking pills that day and was driving on a suspended license. She has two prior drunken driving convictions.

Morse was charged with operating while intoxicated causing serious injury, a five-year felony; operating on suspended license causing serious injury, a five-year felony; operating while intoxicated as a third offense; reckless driving causing serious impairment of a body function, a five-year felony; and failure to stop at the scene of accident resulting in serious impairment or death, a five-year felony.

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