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Woman who struck, dragged toddler charged with misdemeanor
By Lee Filas | Daily Herald Staff

Pamela Simone


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Published: 10/29/2009 4:47 PM | Updated: 10/29/2009 4:49 PM

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The Fox Lake woman who was driving a car that struck a toddler, then dragged her about 200 feet in August has been charged with a misdemeanor and a traffic violation in what law enforcement officials say was an accident.

Pamela Simone, 36, of the 0 to 100 block of Arlington Lane, posted the required 10 percent of a $2,000 bond after turning herself into police late Wednesday, Fox Lake Police Lt. Joe Gliniewicz said Thursday.

Simone was officially charged by the Lake County State's Attorney's office with driving while her license was revoked - a misdemeanor - and for not having proof of insurance.

Assistant State's Attorney Eric Kalata said Simone was not charged with a more serious crime because it was a horrible accident and she was not impaired by drugs or alcohol at the time.

"The child was playing on the curb near the street and wasn't seen when Pamela Simone pulled out of the driveway," Kalata said. "It was not in any way a willful or wanton act. It was an accident."

Simone was driving her 1999 Dodge Intrepid on the revoked license when she backed out of her driveway at 7 p.m. on Aug. 25 and hit Skiler Wright, who was 3 years old at the time.

Police said Skiler was sitting on the curb of the narrow road playing with rocks when she was hit by the car.

Simone drove east down Arlington with Wright trapped under the rear bumper. She stopped about 200 feet away after neighbors and Wright's family members screamed and chased after her.

The child remains in Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, and has undergone eight surgeries to repair injuries suffered in the accident.

Gliniewicz said Simone was arrested after the accident and sent to DuPage County Jail to answer other warrants for her arrest.

The crash was investigated by Fox Lake Police and the Lake County Major Crash Assistance team, he said. That information was turned over to the prosecutors, who reviewed it before approving final charges.