TEXARKANA, Texas – A teenager accused of leaving the scene after crashing into a motorized bicycle in his car on a street here in October joined a guilty plea Thursday morning at a hearing in Bowie County.
Ladonta Davis, 18, is charged with hitting the bike on October 4th while it was riding on the 3800 block of Magnolia Street. The 51-year-old cyclist was first treated at a local hospital and later taken to the University of Arkansas in Little Rock for medical care. According to a possible affidavit, the man suffered deep cuts on his arm and head, as well as a broken shoulder, broken leg and hip, and a dislocated arm.
Witnesses described an older Honda and one tip eventually led investigators to Davis. Davis turned around a few days after the accident. He allegedly told investigators that he turned and spoke on the phone when he realized he hit something but didn’t know what until he saw the man’s arm.
Davis appeared on Thursday before 202nd District Judge John Tidwell for indictment. Assistant Attorney Clayton Haas asked if the court would consider reducing Davis’ existing bail of $ 75,000 to a lower amount.
Haas noted that Davis recently turned 18 and has no criminal record. He complained that the cyber attack discovered on December 6th, which affected several authorities in Bowie County and the two Texarkanas, continues to make access to court files a challenge.
First Assistant District Attorney Kelley Crisp said her office will request a hearing to see if the bail should be lowered. Tidwell put the case for a hearing on February 18.
If Davis is found guilty of leaving the scene of the accident with personal injury, he faces two to ten years in prison.