Woman accused in hit-and-run of bicyclist pleads not guilty

Woman accused in hit-and-run of bicyclist pleads not guilty
Miriam Ann Clinton appears in court Friday.

PORTLAND, Ore. – The woman accused of hitting a bicyclist with her car and then leaving the scene made her first court appearance Friday.

Miriam Ann Clinton, 29, was formerly charged with two counts of felony hit-and-run after police say she hit 20-year-old Henry Schmidt on Southwest Barbur Boulevard early last Friday morning. The crash left Schmidt seriously injured.

Clinton pleaded not guilty to the charges.

She turned herself in Thursday after evidence found near the crash scene by KATU reporter Hillary Lake helped police identify her car. She bailed out of jail Thursday night.

According to the DMV, Clinton’s driver's license was suspended at the time of the crash. And she has nine traffic violation convictions since 2009.

During her court appearance, the judge agreed to prosecutors' request to ban Clinton from driving and drinking alcohol. But the judge decided not to make her wear a GPS monitoring device, which prosecutors had also requested.

The fact that Clinton turned herself in, has a full-time job, a 2-year-old son and has family in the area factored into the judge's decision.

Clinton sat in court surrounded by friends and family.

Schmidt's mother, Kathi Sweet, was in the courtroom. She said on Thursday that she wanted to be in court for her son. She was surprised Clinton's bail wasn’t higher and that she posted it last night.

Schmidt has two broken legs, a broken collar bone and will be in physical therapy for weeks. Doctors say they expect him to make a full recovery.

KATU's coverage of this story:

Police arrest suspect in hit-and-run of bicyclist on SW Barbur:

Portland police ID car in hit-and-run of bicyclist:

Reunion with the men who help rescue Schmidt: Raw Video: Schmidt thanks his rescuers: KATU reporter finds potential evidence in the case: