Woman charged with striking man with vehicle

By Nick Walton - [email protected]



A woman faces a felony charge after allegedly striking a man with a vehicle Tuesday evening.

April D. McFarland, 39, of 4071 S. U.S. Route 68, Lot 3, Urbana, was charged with felonious assault, a second degree felony, and operating a vehicle under the influence, a first degree misdemeanor.

According to a court statement filed in the Champaign County Municipal Court, at 5:52 p.m. on Tuesday law enforcement was dispatched to the area of 941 S. Main St. in Urbana in reference to a verbal rolling domestic incident.

While en route, dispatch advised deputies to check 4071 S. U.S. Route 68, where McFarland’s address is listed. Deputies arrived and found George Hawkins on the pavement crying.

Deputies made contact with McFarland as her vehicle was leaving the scene.

McFarland told law enforcement she did not know what was going on and her friend was driving her vehicle and picked up Hawkins because he was drunk and got into a fight. Speaking further with McFarland, she advised she was driving and picked up Hawkins and had taken him to two places.

McFarland stated Hawkins was highly intoxicated and when she pulled in front of another residence Hawkins fell out of the vehicle and started punching the pavement and her vehicle. She advised she asked a relative of Hawkins to get him and she was in an argument with Hawkins and left the scene.

McFarland stated she was drinking prior to picking up Hawkins and had smoked marijuana.

Upon speaking with a witness on scene, they advised seeing Hawkins standing on the pavement and he and McFarland yelling at each other. Hawkins reportedly fell on the ground and McFarland went and checked on him but was still yelling at him.

The witness stated McFarland went forward in a vehicle and part of her front tire went on Hawkins’ rib cage.

Hawkins was transported to Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton, via CareFlight. An update on his condition was not available at the time of publication.

According to the municipal court’s website, bond was set at $40,000 during an arraignment hearing on Wednesday. She was also ordered to have no contact with Hawkins.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 2.


By Nick Walton

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Nick Walton can be reached at 937-652-1331 Ext. 1777 or on Twitter @UDCWalton.

Nick Walton can be reached at 937-652-1331 Ext. 1777 or on Twitter @UDCWalton.