KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A community activist is set to appear in court Tuesday morning, facing a new charge of involuntary manslaughter after the death of one of four teens injured when her car crashed into them.
Tamika Pledger, 38, was originally charged with four felony counts of reckless aggravated battery, but one of the charges has been upgraded to manslaughter after Tierra Smith, 16, was removed from life support on Friday, Feb. 6. Pledger was allegedly driving the car that stuck four teenagers on Troup Avenue Friday Jan. 30. She was reportedly on her way to the location to try to stop a fight involving her niece. Some at the scene reported hearing her say her brakes failed.
Pledger has declined interview opportunities with FOX 4 due to legal issues, but she recently took to Facebook to express her opinion of the accident. In the Facebook post, Pledger blamed the accident on the Devil and tried to put positive spin on what had happened.
Pledger is not currently in custody, but if Pledger is convicted, she could face 31 to 136 months in prison depending on her criminal history.