Resident to serve time in jail in rollerblading accident case

ESCANABA – A Gladstone man was sentenced Monday to six months in jail for striking and injuring a rollerblader with his vehicle in Escanaba last summer. The judgment was handed down in Delta County Circuit Court.

Travis Anthony Reed, 24, pleaded no contest last month to attempted assault with a dangerous weapon and pleaded no contest to a moving violation causing serious impairment of a body function.

Reed was driving west on the 200 block of Ludington Street when he struck a teen rollerblading east on the north side of the road just after 11 p.m. on Aug. 6, according to Escanaba Public Safety.

The victim, a 17-year-old female, was transported by Rampart Ambulance to OSF St. Francis Hospital then transferred to Marquette General Health System where she was hospitalized for four days.

During Reed’s preliminary hearing in district court in October, the victim testified she was undergoing physical therapy on her knee and was being treated for headaches and memory loss.

During Monday’s sentencing, Judge Stephen Davis told Reed that while he was trying to scare someone with his vehicle that night, he seriously injured the victim, possibly for life.

On the attempted felonious assault charge, Davis sentenced Reed to a six-month jail term, two years probation, $988 in fines and costs, and restitution to be determined.

Reed was ordered to spend 93 days in jail and pay a $50 fine on the moving violation.

Both sentences are to be served concurrently. He was given credit for one day served in jail.

On Dec. 19, Reed was sentenced in district court to pay $625 in fines and costs after pleading no contest to a reckless driving charge. This charge stems from a second rollerblader at the scene who jumped onto the boulevard to avoid being struck by Reed’s vehicle.

Reed did not leave the scene of the accident, said police.