MONTICELLO — A man accused of a hit-and-run accident that badly injured a woman in November postponed his initial hearing for the second time Monday on account of being hospitalized, according to court officials.
Shane D. Hayden, 40, of the 5100 block of Stahl Road, Monticello, was hospitalized and unable to make the morning hearing, court officials said.
This is the second time Hayden has missed his initial hearing for this particular incident. The initial hearing had not been rescheduled as of 10 a.m. Tuesday.
The state also motioned for a no-contact order on behalf of the alleged victim against Hayden on May 31.
Hayden is charged with Level 6 felony leaving the scene of an accident with a serious bodily injury and faces a sentence of two-and-a-half years.
There is also a habitual offender enhancement filed that could add two to six years to his sentence, according to his court file.
The accident happened around 11 p.m. Nov. 17, 2018, when Shawnrenee Hunt, then 21, was struck while she was crossing West Shafer Drive from her parking spot across from Whiskey and Wine.
Witnesses said a white sport utility vehicle was traveling north at high speed when it hit her and continued driving after the accident.
Hunt’s injuries included two broken kneecaps, two broken tibia bones in her lower legs, a broken arm, contusions to her head, a fractured spine, a ruptured bowel, a ruptured kidney, a damaged pancreas, a damaged bladder, a large laceration on her right torso and “road rash” — abrasions from the road — over much of her body, according to court documents.
During the investigation, a White County sheriff’s deputy spotted Hayden’s white 2012 GMC Terrain SUV with front-end damage that matched what witnesses described.
Deputies obtained a warrant to inspect the vehicle and discovered damage and missing parts on it matched debris left at the accident scene.
Hayden allegedly told police he had been drinking a fifth of Jack Daniels since the afternoon and was driving around the Lafayette and Monticello areas after work on the Saturday of the accident.
After his arrest, Hayden was released on a $25,000 bail bond he posted Nov. 21.
The White County Prosecutor’s Office officially filed on May 9, court records state.
Hayden should get further court dates and a trial date set at the initial hearing.
He has already retained an attorney, Jay Hirschauer through Hirschauer & Hirschauer, according to court records.