Blame Reckless Driving: Community Activist Runs Four Teens Down in the Street

Tameka Pledger
Tamika Pledger,


*Folks are scratching their heads about what prompted the act of a community activist as she proceeded to run down four teens who were standing in the street last Friday.

Tamika Pledger, a 38-year-old activist and candidate for the Unified Government Commissioner in Kansas City, was released from jail on bond earlier this week after the alleged act. She is charged with four counts of reckless aggravated battery and could face a possible prison term if convicted.

Prosecutors believe the incident was a mistake.

“You have to do a lot of reconstruction of this and that reconstruction is continuing,” Wyandotte County District Attorney Jerome Gorman said, according to local affiliate KSHB.

He continued: “We don’t have any evidence whatsoever that shows that she targeted any individual or any particular teen, instead what we believe at this point is that it was totally a reckless act.”

Felice Myers, who witnessed the incident, said the kids were innocent victims.

“The youngsters were in the street. They shouldn’t have been in the street, but they’re youngsters and you need to slow down,” Myers said.

“Aggravated battery could be intentional or reckless,” Gorman said. “Based upon the facts that we’ve developed so far in this case we’ve felt that all four are reckless.”

According to authorities, Pledger cooperated with police.

“She did go down to the police station with police, and it was after they began taking statements of other individuals and documenting the scene that she was placed under arrest Friday evening,” said Gorman.

No word yet on how the teens are doing.



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