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Woman gets 5 years for kidnapping accident victim

Driver fled from police after pushing injured pedestrian, 72, into car.

September 03, 2009|Jean Merl

A Hawthorne driver who struck a 72-year-old pedestrian, forced the woman into her car and sped off has been sentenced to state prison, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said Wednesday.

Alexis Lewis, 27, got a five-year term after pleading no contest to one count of kidnapping. As a result of the May 26 plea bargain, one count of felony evading police and three counts of child endangerment were dismissed at the sentencing.

Earlier that month, Lewis left her three children -- ages 2, 3 and 4 -- unattended at home and set off in her car. After hitting the woman at a Hawthorne intersection, Lewis stopped briefly, got out and pushed the woman into her car and drove off.

As Lewis sped away, an undercover police officer arrived and notified other officers. A police chase ended when Lewis pulled up in front in front of her home and was arrested.

The injured pedestrian was found in the front seat and taken to a hospital.

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jean.merl@latimes.com

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