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Guard Accused Of Running Down Woman Set To Turn Self In

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) -- There are new details about an incident in which a woman who works as a guard at the Allegheny County Jail is accused of running down another woman with a car.

The jail guard is preparing to turn herself in, but her attorney now says the incident was an accident.

Jolene Anderson's face is torn up. The 18-year-old is in tremendous pain. She described a terrifying ordeal Tuesday night.

"She just accelerated, and I flew on top and landed on the ground, smacked my face off the ground," said Anderson.

The police report indicates Allegheny County Jail guard Erica Williams, in her car, "did strike the victim, accelerating rapidly from approximately five to seven feet away without swerving or attempting to brake, hitting Anderson with the front of the vehicle."

Attorney David Shrager: "My client has a clean criminal history. She served the county well as an employee of the Allegheny County Jail, and this is simply an accident."

KDKA's Marty Griffin: "An accident?"

Shrager: "Yes sir."

"It's my understanding she did not see the victim, and accidents happen every day," Shrager added.

Shrager admits his client, Williams, was in a relationship of some sort with his client and that relationship ended badly.

His client has also been charged with sending threatening text messages to Anderson.

"This was certainly an accident wherein two people who were in a consensual relationship certainly had some disputes in the past, but emotions can run high, but this was not an intentional act by any stretch of the imagination," Shrager said.

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