SILVER CITY – Police have arrested and charged an 85-year-old woman who suffers from macular degeneration with leaving the scene of an accident involving great bodily harm and reckless driving after she allegedly ran over a Silver City orthopedic surgeon riding his bicycle.
Dorothy Spangler, 85, of Pinos Altos, was driving her 1997 Jeep SUV when she hit Brian Robinson on Pinos Altos Road on Saturday, according to a police report. She was booked into the Grant County Detention Center, with bail set at $6,000, according to the police, and bailed out the same day.
Robinson, 47, was taken to an El Paso hospital, where he remains in critical condition, according to the report. He is the son of 6th Judicial District Judge J.C. Robinson. Brian Robinson reportedly was wearing a helmet when the accident occurred, but it shattered.
The accident occurred about 2 p.m. Saturday on Pinos Altos Road, also known as Highway 15. The Jeep was seen by two motorcyclists dragging a bicycle underneath the vehicle down the highway, and when they reached the crash scene they determined the Jeep had hit a bicyclist, according to the probable cause report.