FARGO — The Cass County State's Attorney's Office has charged a woman with aggravated reckless driving, a Class A misdemeanor, in connection with a hit-and-run incident in August in which a Fargo chef suffered a traumatic brain injury.
Pryscilla Shantyl Littleswallow, who is either 29 or 30, is accused in court documents of running over Joe Swegarden as he crossed a street in downtown Fargo.
The incident happened Aug. 12 as Swegarden was crossing a street in the area of Roberts Street and Sixth Avenue North in Fargo.
According to court documents:
Witnesses told police that as Swegarden was crossing the street, a vehicle northbound on Roberts Street came very close to him.
Swegarden said something to the driver, and the driver said something back. The driver then accelerated, striking Swegarden and causing him to go under the vehicle.
The driver then reversed over Swegarden and got out of her vehicle to look at him.
The driver then said, "It's not my fault," before getting back in the vehicle and driving away.
The court documents said that minutes later, Littleswallow called authorities to say she was the driver involved in the incident and that she left because she was scared of people yelling at her.
A field sobriety test given to Littleswallow detected no signs of impairment, the court documents said.
Swegarden was hospitalized and later released. Because he suffered a traumatic brain injury, he has been unable to work since the incident, according to a flyer promoting a fundraiser for Swegarden that's been set for Sunday, Nov. 25, at the Sanctuary Events Center in Fargo.
The flyer said the benefit will include a silent auction, live music, food and drinks.
According to the flyer, at the time of the incident Swegarden worked as a chef at BernBaum's in Fargo.