Woman says she's not guilty in hit-and-run accident

An Eagle Point woman says she is not guilty of a felony charge in connection with an accident that killed a 15-year-old Medford boy in April.

Mary Ann Shostrom, 51, appeared before Jackson County Circuit Court Judge William Purdy this morning and entered a plea of "not guilty" to the single felony charge of "failure to perform the duties of a driver to an injured person."

Shostrom is accused of being the driver of a 1996 Ford Contour that struck and killed 15-year-old Manuel Antonio-Gonzalez on April 13. He was lying partly in the road (see clarification note below) near the intersection of Riverside Avenue and Austin Street in west Medford. Shostrom allegedly failed to stop at the scene of the fatality as required by law and now faces up to five years in prison and a $125,000 fine for the accident that killed the teen, Purdy said in court.

Shostrom requested a public defender at today's arraignment hearing just before entering her "not guilty" plea.

She remains released on her own recognizance because she has no criminal history or record of failing to appear in court. She was granted a court-appointed attorney.

— Sanne Specht

More details: Saturday's Mail Tribune

Clarification: The original version of this update omitted the fact that the boy was partly in the road when the accident occurred. For other details, see archived stories available in the box accompanying this story.

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