Published January 14, 2015
Charges were dismissed for the second time against actress Robin Givens (search), who was ticketed for running over an elderly pedestrian's leg.
County Court Judge Steven Leifman dismissed the case on Monday because the Miami police officers who were present in court did not witness the accident and could not testify to the cause of the accident. Also, a civilian witness did not appear in court.
Givens, a star of the 1980s TV comedy "Head of the Class" (search) and the ex-wife of boxer Mike Tyson (search), struck Maria Antonia Alcover as she was about to step onto the sidewalk after crossing a busy city street Jan. 28, police said.
After stopping at a red light, Givens turned the corner and hit the 89-year-old woman, sending her into a backward fall, police said. The back wheel of Givens' Mercedes-Benz SUV ran over Alcover's right leg.
Givens was ticketed for failing to use due care with a pedestrian in the crosswalk, an offense carrying a fine of less than $70. Charges were first dropped in September when the officers didn't come to court. The state attorney's office refiled the case, but no one from the office appeared in court Monday. A phone call seeking comment was not returned Monday.
Givens was not in court, nor was Alcover or her attorney. If convicted, Givens could have lost her driver's license and faced a $500 fine.
Alcover has filed a civil suit against Givens in the case, and trial is scheduled to begin Jan. 3.