Driver whose error left bicyclist in coma fined $220
The Baltimore woman whose driving errors led to a crash that left bicyclist Nathan Krasnopoler in a coma with possibly permanent brain injuries has resolved the traffic charges against her by paying a $220 fine.
Jeannette Marie Walke, 83, pleaded guilty May 11 to negligent driving and failure to yield tight-of-way to a bicyclist in a designated lane. There was no indication in court records that she chose to appear in court. Such charges can be resolved by sending in a standard fine by mail.
Nathan Krasnopoler, a Johns Hopkins University student, collided with Walke's car Feb. 26 when she turned in front of him on University Drive near the Homewood Campus. According to his family, he retains brain stem function but is not expected to regain consciousness. The Krasnopolers have filed a $10 million lawsuit against Walke.
It was unclear why the negligent driving fine was assessed at $140 rather than the $280 allowed under state law for cases involving a crash. Court records erroneously indicate the charges did not result in an accident or personal injury.