Lufkin woman who hit disabled woman with car back in jail

Lufkin woman who hit disabled woman with car back in jail

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A 23-year-old Lufkin woman who hit a mentally disabled woman with her car in 2010 is back in jail on an order of surrender for violating the terms of her probation.

Mahala Michelle Ellis is awaiting transport to a treatment facility at the Angelina County Jail, according to Dustin Fore, a supervisor for Angelina County's Adult Probation Department. Ellis violated the term of her probation dealing with substance abuse, Fore said.

In June 2010, Ellis, who was 18 at the time, turned herself into authorities six days after she hit a mentally disabled woman with her car on East Denman Avenue. Toni Michelle Thorndyke, the victim, had been walking home from the Okay Food Store when Ellis car hit her on the shoulder of the road and knocked her into a ditch.

Shortly after the hit-and-run incident, friends found Thorndyke and took her to a Lufkin hospital for treatment.

In a previous East Texas News story, Det. J.B. Smith, a spokesman for the Lufkin Police Department, said someone told the Huntington Police Department that they overheard Ellis tell someone about hitting someone while she was driving. An investigator was able to track Ellis down at her job, Express Care Oil Facility, and observed a Ford Escort with a broken front passenger-side headlight and hood damage.

The investigator interviewed Ellis, who confessed to hitting Thorndyke. She said she did not do it intentionally, but had looked down to get a CD, then looked up just before hitting her.

In June of 2011, Ellis accepted a plea bargain deal. She pleaded guilty to hitting Thorndyke and leaving the scene of the accident and accepted a 30-day jail sentence. As part of the plea bargain agreement, she agreed to serve 10 years of probation and pay $30,000 in restitution to Thorndyke.

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