Not guilty plea entered in Elkhart hit-and-run that killed three
A woman accused of killing three people in a hit-and-run crash has pleaded not guilty.
The Elkhart County prosecutor says Penelope Grosswiler was driving the car that plowed into five people on Beardsley Avenue in August.
Grosswiler is facing five felony charges, including leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death and obstruction of justice.
The prosecutor says cellphone records show Grosswiler and her husband driving down Beardsley at the time of the crash.
Two of the victims who died were children, 8-month-old Dolly Smith and 11-year-old Courtney Smith.
Neither Grosswiler nor her attorney wanted to speak publicly following the court appearance.
"I’m sure we all assumed how Penny would plea," Yvonne Thomas -- the grandmother of baby Dolly Smith -- told WSBT 22. "Going forward, nothing will bring Dolly or her aunt or uncle back. We put our full faith and trust in the prosecutor’s hands. I do believe she, and the police have been working harder than we know. We have to move forward in this new year to preserve the health and wellbeing of our families.”
Leonard Grosswiler was also scheduled to appear in court Thursday.
His hearing was rescheduled for January 4.
Penelope Grosswiler will be back in court January 25.