ANDERSON — Police say Corena Swain was intoxicated and driving an SUV when she struck two people on a motorcycle Thursday night. One was flown by a Lifeline helicopter to an Indianapolis hospital.
Swain was arrested early Friday morning and, about 15 hours later, was released on her own recognizance by a court order.
The family of the man who was Lifelined, Lawrence “Kelly” Jones, 47, isn’t happy about her release.
“It really upsets me that they just let her out after seriously hurting two people,” said Tasha Gilbert, Jones’ daughter.
Jones remained in critical condition Monday on a ventilator, with bleeding on his brain in two places and a fracture in his lower spine, according to Gilbert.
Swain, 49, is charged with Level 5 felony causing serious bodily injury when operating a vehicle while intoxicated.
A portable breathalyzer test showed Swain’s blood alcohol concentration was 0.205% — more than twice the legal limit — shortly after she struck Jones and his passenger, Lisa Widener, 51, according to an affidavit of probable cause by Anderson Police Department Officer Bryn Cavett.
APD officers responded to the accident involving the 2015 Buick Enclave and 2003 Harley Davidson at 11:05 p.m. Thursday in the 1100 block of Broadway.
Jones and Widener were both transported to the hospital for treatment.
“Upon arrival I made contact with Corena Swain, who was walking north on Broadway, away from an unoccupied 2015 Buick Enclave, which was later found to be registered to her,” Cavett stated in the affidavit.
Swain was uninjured in the accident, according to an APD press release.
Gilbert said she was thankful to learn that residents living nearby the accident scene rushed to help her father. One man reportedly performed CPR on him until medics arrived.
“Thank God for good people,” she said. “If it hadn’t been for him, we don’t know what would have happened to my dad.”
According to Gilbert, Widener said that as the motorcycle went under Swain’s vehicle, Jones tried to “wrap her up,” in an effort to protect her.
“The police told us they were dragged for a block and a half,” Gilbert said.
“It just feels so wrong to me that after she (Swain) could hurt people they could just let her out,” she added. “She gets to walk around and live her life while my dad fights for his.”
Officer Cavett said she administered several tests, before the breathalyzer, to determine whether Swain was impaired. She failed all three, according to Cavett.
Swain refused a chemical test and was taken to Community Hospital. A search warrant was obtained for a blood draw, according to the affidavit.
Blood test results were pending Tuesday.