By Joe Beck - firstname.lastname@example.org
A search warrant filed Friday in Winchester Circuit Court shows that a woman charged with reckless driving in a fatal crash told police investigators she received a Botox treatment at a medical office just before the collision.
Police say the woman, Leslie Wylie, 30, of Knoxville, Tenn. ran her eastbound 2004 Ford F250 pickup truck across the median strip on Jubal Early Drive and into the westbound lane where it hit a 2008 minivan driven by Amber N. Lucchiani, 38, of Winchester. Lucchiani, a teacher at Robert E. Aylor Middle School, was pronounced dead at the scene. Her children, ages 3 and 5, received non-life threatening injuries in the accident, according to police. The children and Wylie were transported to Winchester Medical Center.
Items seized from the pickup truck during the search include a cell phone, disposable camera, laptop computer and two papers bearing the title "Exclusively Faces Cosmetic Surgery," according to a second warrant filed Monday.
One of the search warrant affidavits written by police Detective Glenn W. Culp of Winchester states that Wylie told Detective Charles Coleman of Winchester police that she was driving the pickup truck at the time of the accident on Thursday around 10:30 a.m.
"She stated she had a Botox procedure completed at a medical office on Valley Avenue . . . during the morning of July 12," the affidavit stated.
Botox is a cosmetic treatment commonly used to restore a patient's youthful appearance by reducing facial lines and wrinkles. It is also used to treat certain muscle conditions and diseases.
After leaving the office, she said she drove north on Valley Avenue, turned right and headed east on Jubal Early Drive, according to the affidavit.
"She stated she became ill and stopped the vehicle in the roadway," the affidavit states, adding, "the next thing she remembers was a burning smell and dust from the inflation of the airbag in the vehicle. She indicated she believed she was unconscious."
The affidavit states that Coleman "noticed that the pupils of Leslie Wylie were dilated while he was speaking with her in the Winchester Medical Center."
Many of the same details about the accident appear in another part of the affidavit containing eyewitness Geryana Schrader's version of the accident. Schrader told Deputy Stephen Alger of the Winchester City Sheriff's Office that she passed a Ford pickup truck that was stopped in the right lane on the eastbound side of Jubal Early Drive.
After passing the pickup truck on the left, "Ms. Schrader heard tires squealing and looked into her rear view mirror," the affidavit states. "She saw the black Ford pickup travel across the median onto the westbound lanes of Jubal Early Drive and strike another vehicle."
Winchester police Sgt. Frank Myrtle said Wednesday police are waiting for the results from toxicology tests and consulting with the commonwealth's attorney before determining whether to charge Wylie with additional offenses.
Myrtle said police interest in the Botox procedure was part of an overall effort to learn as much as possible about events leading up to the accident.
"Obviously, we want to make sure we investigate this case thoroughly, and we want to look at all aspects of everything that happened that morning," he said.