Beacon Journal staff report

AKRON: An Akron woman was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison for driving her vehicle into a crowd of people last summer following a fight on Donald Avenue, authorities said.

Lashawndra N. Weems, 25, of North Seiberling Street, pleaded guilty early this month to felonious assault and three counts of aggravated vehicular assault in the July 13 incident.

After Weems and her sister got into a fight with several other women in the 800 block of Donald, Weems got into her vehicle and began driving away as onlookers watched.

Prosecutors said Weems then turned her vehicle around, sped back toward the scene, drove over a curb into the crowd.

One woman with whom Weems had been fighting was hit along with four others, prosecutors said. Two of the victims were children.

Prosecutors said several victims were hospitalized with injuries but are recovering.