Authorites charge woman in deadly motorcycle crash along Dannehower Bridge

Jim Melwert
August 16, 2019 - 3:31 pm
Courtney R. Clinton, 27, of Norristown

Courtesy of the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — A Norristown woman who says she was out celebrating her birthday is charged in a deadly crash earlier this month.

According to the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office, 27-year-old Courtney Clinton told police she had several shots of tequila and had been sipping on a bottle of champagne while in the car.

At 4:46 a.m., August 4, Clinton was driving into Norristown along U.S. 202 when police say she hit the back wheel of a motorcycle that was going the same direction on the Dannehower Bridge.

The driver of that motorcycle, 41-year-old Lakiesha Richet was thrown 74 feet. The criminal complaint says Clinton kept driving and ran over Richet, trapping her under her SUV and killing her.

Clinton’s blood alcohol content was .14, over the legal limit of .08.

Investigators say she was going about 70 mph, and she told police she was turning off her GPS when she thought she hit something.

Clinton, officials say, is facing multiple charges which include homicide by vehicle, DUI and other related charges. At her arrignment Friday, Clinton bail has been set at $50,000 and a preliminary hearing is set for next month.