Two years for driver in incident that cost woman her finger

SANDUSKY A Lorain woman involved in a hit-skip on Ohio 2 in January that resulted in the tip of a wo
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010



A Lorain woman involved in a hit-skip on Ohio 2 in January that resulted in the tip of a woman's finger being torn off will spend at least two years in prison.

Jessica M. Carrion, 25, pleaded guilty to charges of aggravated vehicular assault and abduction in a plea deal Wednesday in Erie County Common Pleas Court. Prosecutors agreed to drop a felonious assault and driving under the influence charge in the plea arrangement.

Carrion faces up to 13 years in prison and fines of up to $25,000, according to court documents.

She is free on $50,000 bond and will live under house arrest with her parents until her Nov. 20 sentencing.

Carrion's attorney, Chris Carroll, and Erie County prosecutor Kevin Baxter originally worked out a deal in which Carrion would only serve two years in prison.

But at the plea hearing Common Pleas Judge Roger Binette balked at the agreement.

"This court's hands are not tied," Binette said. "I won't accept a plea that ties my hands."

Carrion appeared relaxed in court. Wearing a green jail jump suit, handcuffed and her ankles wrapped in leg shackles, she laughed with Carroll before the hearing started.

Carrion and her boyfriend, Dennis Blanton, were moving from Vermilion to Amherst when the incident occurred at about 6 p.m. Jan. 6, according to a report from the Sandusky post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

The couple was traveling west on Ohio 2 in a Jeep Cherokee driven by Blanton and being followed by Blanton's mother, Virginia Sousa. When the Jeep pulled over to the side of the road, so did Sousa. When Sousa got out of her Ford Explorer, Carrion ran to the vehicle and drove off. Sousa attempted to stop the vehicle but ended up being "dragged by the vehicle for a short ways" before breaking free. Sousa's fingertip was chopped off in the incident and could not be reattached.

Carrion told investigators she had taken cocaine and Xanax prior to the incident.

Carrion's two infant sons were riding in the back of Sousa's vehicle when the incident occurred. Carrion told investigators she lost custody of the children for drug abuse.