ELIZABETH – Last week, a Union County Grand Jury handed up an indictment against a Westfield woman for her role in a 2009 accident that severely injured a 25-year-old Clark woman.
Leslie D. Boughner, 56, was indicted Jan. 28 on two counts of second and third degree assault by auto following the Aug. 5, 2009, said Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow.
According to the investigation, Boughner was driving East on North Avenue in Westfield when she ignored illuminated pedestrian warning lights at the crosswalk near the Lord and Taylor department store, said Romankow. The victim was in the crosswalk when she was struck. The accident occurred around noon.
The investigation further revealed that Boughner had a blood alcohol content level higher than the legal limit of .08 percent, according to authorities.
The victim sustained serious injuries and was hospitalized for an extended period of time.
Boughner faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted on the charges, according to authorities. She was released on $20,000 bail and will be arraigned in Union County Superior Court in the coming days.
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