Bedford Woman Killed in Bloomington Crash

by Staff on July 20, 2010 · 49 comments

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Gwendolyn Marie SandersAn accident in Bloomington claimed the life of a Yellow Cab Company driver this morning. 31-year-old Gwendolyn Marie Sanders of Bedford died from head and chest injuries after 21-year-old Bryce Leighton, a self-described “party animal”, according to his Facebook profile, struck her taxi head-on in the 2700 block of South Leonard Springs Road.

Sergeant Pam Gladish of the Bloomington Police Department, in her preliminary report, stated that a silver passenger car driven by Leighton was northbound on South Leonard Springs Road just before 7 a.m. Sgt. Gladish said that it appeared that Leighton passed at least one vehicle on a double-yellow as it crested a hill, then struck Sanders’ southbound cab head-on.

Leighton was not wearing his seat belt, according to BPD Lt. David Drake, and was partially ejected from the vehicle. He was transported to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis with head injuries and serious burns to his right hand and arm.  Sanders was wearing her seat belt, Drake said.

Sgt. John Kovach, accident reconstructionist, was working to determine the speed of the vehicles at the time of the accident.

UPDATE 4:44 p.m.: On June 8, 2009, Leighton was charged in Monroe County with one count of Intimidation, a  Class D Felony, and one count of Battery Resulting in Bodily Injury against James Cazee. On September 22, he pled guilty to the battery charge and the intimidation charge was dismissed. He was ordered to serve 30 days in jail and given credit for nine days already served.

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