CROWN POINT — A 32-year-old Chicago woman is charged in the death of James Gavina, a 58-year-old man struck by a vehicle last week while walking near his home in Hammond.
Victoria Dotson was charged Sunday in Lake Criminal Court with four counts of operating while intoxicated, including two felony offenses for causing death.
Gavina was found by police 8:30 p.m. Sept. 1 in cardiac arrest with his leg severed near the intersection of Calumet Avenue and Gostlin Street, according to a probable cause affidavit.
A witness told police Gavina was walking slowly through the intersection with a cane and had not completely cleared the intersection when a vehicle sped through the green light at Calumet Avenue, the affidavit states.
Dotson admitted to police at the scene she struck Gavina with her 2002 Buick LeSabre, the affidavit states. Police noted Dotson smelled like alcohol, and the woman registered a 0.10 blood-alcohol content on a breath test.
The deceased man's brother told police Gavina had limited mobility and was legally blind, the affidavit states.
Dotson was released from jail Sunday after posting a $20,000 bond. An initial hearing is scheduled for Sept. 18.
An attorney for Dotson, Rajeev Bajaj, said Thursday it would be premature to comment on the case before reviewing the state's evidence.