Alleged victim takes stand in Walker trial

GREENVILLE — “I figured she would come down the right side of the road and cut me off. I never in my mind thought she would come down the wrong side of the road and run me over,” said a witness in the jury trial of Jessica R. Walker.

More than a year after a male victim was allegedly vehicularly assaulted, a New Madison woman is being tried before a jury.

Walker, 46, of New Madison, is being tried on allegations of two counts of felonious assault, both felonies of the second degree; one count of vehicular assault, a felony of the fourth degree; and one count of failure to stop after an accident, a felony of the fifth degree. Judge Stephen A. Wolaver presided.

The offense occurred in December 2021 where the male victim claimed Walker hit him with her car before speeding off. The victim had stated he has suffered numerous medical issues as a result.

The alleged victim recalled the events in his testimony advising he had heard honking in the Butler Township lot across from his house and went to go see what the trouble was.

“At the time, I was in the house and heard somebody over in the township yard honking the horn for five minutes straight. Maybe something’s wrong, so I went over,” the alleged victim said. “I had never seen this woman before that day.”

He said Walker stopped honking her horn and driving in circles next to the motor home he had parked there in order to free up space for the decluttering he had been doing in the yard.

“She rolled her window down, and I said ‘is something wrong? Can I help ya?’, and at the time -I can’t remember exactly, but she said something about the motor home. I remember saying ‘it’s mine’, and that was when she started screaming she was a trustee, and I had no business being parked there,” the alleged victim said.

At that time, the he felt it was best to get his keys and move the motor home back into his yard. When he got the keys, he also had his wife come outside in order to watch the gate as a sharp turn would need to be made. Once the vehicle was moved, the alleged victim proceeded to cross the street to get his mail before being hit.

“I got out, walked back over across the street because I figured I would check the mail, help my wife close the gates, and be done. When I got out, I could hear her (Walker) yelling at my wife who was by the gates,” he testified. “I blocked out what she was saying and walked across the road, checked the mailbox, and took maybe about one step into the road, and I heard the gravel from her tires.”

He recalled being hit with Walker’s car, rolling off of the hood, and leaving a hand print before eventually falling to the ground. Post hit, it was advised Walker allegedly yelled at him before leaving the scene and “blowing through a stop sign.”

The State v. Walker jury trial began Monday morning as members for the community were selected for jury duty in the Darke County Common Pleas Courtroom. Beginning the trial, both the state and defense made opening statements and the jury was instructed not to take the remarks as evidence.

The State Prosecutor Drew Wood advised the jury the alleged male victim had suffered a right leg and right hand injury after the incident. It was said his leg had progressively gotten better while his hand began to worsen resulting in two surgeries so far in an attempt to regain the mobility he had previously lost. It was testified by the alleged victim the mobility in his fingers has started to come back with limited movement in his wrist, but he is incapable of completing his usual day-to-day tasks.

“I couldn’t bend them to do anything. I can’t hold anything. I can’t do anything, and at the time we were in the process of remodeling the outside of the house – you know that’s taking forever. I no longer can hold a hammer,” he testified.

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