A woman police who say was responsible for a four-car crash on River Watch Parkway in December was indicted on felony charges this week in Richmond County Superior Court.
Monique E. Sullivan, 31, of Beech Island, was indicted on five counts of aggravated assault, two counts of serious injury by vehicle and cruelty to children in the second degree, according to court records.
The indictment accuses Sullivan of using her 2003 Chevrolet Suburban to assault Amelia Hiltz, Maureen Floyd and three others when she plowed into traffic while driving the wrong way on River Watch at high speed.
Authorities said Sullivan drove west in the eastbound lanes for three miles before crashing at about 77 mph in the large SUV, which also carried her husband and 4-year-old son.
Hiltz, who was in the same lane as Sullivan, tried to veer right before being struck by Sullivan’s Suburban, which then struck Kevin Mollenhauer’s vehicle. Sullivan’s vehicle flipped and hit a fourth car driven by Floyd, police said.
Authorities said there was no evidence Sullivan applied the brakes before the crash.
On the serious injury charges, the indictment states that Sullivan’s actions caused “organic brain damage” to Hiltz, rendering her body “useless,” and that Floyd, a defense lawyer, suffered a ruptured aorta and a collapsed lung.
The child cruelty charge accuses Sullivan of causing “cruel and excessive mental pain” to her son, Journee Sullivan, who extricated himself from his mother’s overturned vehicle after the crash.
Sullivan is free on $70,000 bond. Her trial date has not been set.