Woman indicted for fatal CLE crash in February

Posted at 9:00 PM, Apr 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-06 21:00:02-04

Tina Armstrong was indicted for a car crash that left one person dead and two others injured last month, according to the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas. 

Court documents showed Armstrong was indicted on two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide, two counts of aggravated vehicular assault, and one count of driving while under the influence. 

According to Cleveland EMS, one woman was pronounced dead at the scene and two other women were taken to MetroHealth Medical Center in critical condition.

Cleveland EMS said the crash was heard by an EMS crew at their 7300 Superior Ave. Fire Station 22 base around 1 a.m. on Feb. 4. The EMS crew immediately left the station and started looking for the crash.

Cleveland police, who were in the area and arrived just seconds after the crash, said they discovered two people laying on the sidewalk apparently ejected from the car.

Police said Tina M. Armstrong, 25, was driving her 2003 Saturn 200L at a high rate of speed, going westbound on Superior Avenue . When Armstrong drove through the intersection of East 71st Street, she lost control, crossed the double yellow line, rotated counter-clockwise, and went over the south curb striking a wooden utility pole in front of 7020 Superior Ave.

Armstrong and her passenger who was in the front seat, identified as Amber Armstrong, also 25, were taken to University Hospitals by EMS. Both women sustained severe injuries and were confined at the hospital, police said. 

A Cleveland police officer and Cleveland firefighter were seen trying to open a smashed door with their bare hands to rescue one woman who was trapped inside. 

After about 20 minutes of trying to pry her out with the jaws of life, the woman was pronounced dead inside.

The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner identified the victim as 33-year-old Laquetta Hostetter, of Cleveland.

Armstrong's arraignment was scheduled for April 20.