LEWISTON — Bilow Farah was scheduled to enter a plea in Androscoggin County Superior Court on Monday morning, in connection with a January 2010 accident at the Lewiston High School, but the judge rejected the plea deal as too lenient.
Asked in court if the case would now go to trial, Farah's attorney, Jeffrey Dolley of Lewiston, said, "I don't know."
Farah, 34, of Lewiston was charged with driving to endanger and operating without a license after losing control of her car at the Lewiston High School, and striking LHS student Kelsey Cope-Norris.
Farah pleaded not guilty to the charges last April.
Farah was at the school to drop off her children on Jan. 14, 2010, and, according to a Lewiston police affidavit, as she started to leave her vehicle went off the roadway and down a paved walking path.
Cope-Norris, who was on that path, was knocked to the ground and Farah's vehicle ran over the then 17-year-old girl. Cope-Norris suffered broken bones in the accident.
After Cope-Norris fell, Farah's vehicle kept moving, hitting seven parked, unoccupied vehicles.
According to police, Farah was operating the vehicle with an expired driver's permit and was not licensed to drive the car. The car was registered to her.
Farah had requested a bench trial that was scheduled to begin Monday morning, but she and Dolley, her court-appointed attorney, reached a plea agreement with the District Attorney's Office. After getting details of the agreement Monday, the court rejected the agreement because the recommended sentence was too lenient. The judge asked the two sides to continue their talks, or prepare for trial later this spring.