A Gonzales woman’s July 27 drunken driving arrest has prompted Ascension Parish prosecutors to push for revoking her bond in an earlier fatal hit-and-run case.
Prosecutors want to keep Kathleen Fitzpatrick in jail until she goes to trial next month in a Dec. 20 hit-and-run incident that left a pedestrian dead.
Assistant District Attorney Shawn Bush of the 23rd Judicial District said Thursday she has filed a motion to revoke Fitzpatrick’s $25,000 bail for the felony hit-and-run count.
“My concern is that as long as this lady is not in jail, she’s a threat. That’s why I am seeking to revoke the bond. I think she is a danger to society,” Bush said.
Fitzpatrick’s bail had standard conditions that she not get into trouble upon her release from jail.
Fitzpatrick has been in Ascension Parish Prison in Donaldsonville since her separate driving while intoxicated arrest last month and remained there Thursday on reduced bond, Bush said.
Fitzpatrick is set for trial next month on the felony hit-and-run count before Judge Thomas Kliebert Jr. of the 23rd Judicial District Court, Bush said.
Bush said she is seeking a revocation of bond hearing for next week.
Fitzpatrick is accused of fleeing the scene of the Dec. 20 incident on La. 42, east of La. 431, in Ascension Parish where Crissy Tommie Hadley, 22, of Prairieville, was walking on La. 42 with her brother when Fitzpatrick’s vehicle struck her.
She later died from her injuries, authorities said.
Bush said Fitzpatrick, 34, 14466 Lake Meadows Court, Gonzales, remained a fugitive for three days after Hadley was fatally injured.
Bush said investigators suspected Fitzpatrick was intoxicated at the time Hadley was struck, but had no evidence by the time State Police arrested Fitzpatrick.
There was no evidence Fitzpatrick was impaired by alcohol when Hadley was struck, so Fitzpatrick was charged with felony hit-and-run, not vehicular homicide, Bush said.
Vehicular homicide is the killing of someone by the intoxicated driver of a car, boat, plane or other vehicle. A conviction can bring a prison sentence of five to 30 years.
A felony hit-and-run conviction where the incident leads to serious bodily harm or death can bring a sentence of up to 10 years in prison.
On July 27, State Police arrested Fitzpatrick on a first offense driving while intoxicated count, an open container count and two traffic violations.
She was driving on Roddy Road in Ascension and found to have a blood-alcohol content of .262 percent, Bush said. That’s more than three times over 0.08 percent, the legal limit to drive in Louisiana.
Fitzpatrick was initially given bail of $100,525. Judge Marilyn Lambert of Ascension Parish Court reduced it to $10,555 on all the counts on Wednesday.
Bush said Lambert made the ruling after Fitzpatrick’s attorney raised a technical issue with the affidavit of probable cause for her arrest.
Bush said the reduced bond includes conditions that Fitzpatrick be placed under house arrest, not drive or drink alcohol, submit to substance abuse evaluation and treatment, and wear an alcohol monitoring bracelet.
Bush noted a first offense DWI count usually draws bail of $1,000.
Parish Court in Ascension handles misdemeanor criminal charges.