Police: Driver who hit ODOT driver used cousin's ID to avoid arrest

Driver accused of hitting an ODOT worker and giving police her cousin's identification to avoid arrest. The cousin was arrested (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - A driver is accused of hitting an ODOT worker while high on heroin and then giving police her cousin's identification avoid arrest. Heather Collins is charged with aggravated vehicular assault for the August 3 crash.

Collins was just arrested on November 21 because police had already arrested her cousin, thinking the cousin was behind the wheel.

An officer spoke during Collins' arraignment. He said an ODOT worker was out of his vehicle on I-75 to remove graffiti. He was standing on the berm when her car crashed into one wall, went across the road and hit a guardrail. The worker ended up pinned between her car and his vehicle.

The officer said the ODOT worker suffered severe injuries and they weren't sure he was going to survive.

The did test Collins urine and found heroin, meth and other drugs. Once those results came back, police arrested the cousin, who was indicted on the aggravated vehicular assault charges. The officer said the cousin spent two nights and nearly three days in jail before they realized the wrong person was behind bars.

The officer said Collins got a speeding ticket in Indiana, for which the cousin was blamed. Collins' license was suspended in Indiana at the time of the accident, according to court papers.

Collins' attorney said there's no evidence to tie Collins to being behind the wheel at the time of the accident.

The judge ordered her held on $250,000 bond.

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