Bond Increased For Woman Charged In Bicycle Deaths

Monday, June 22nd 2009, 7:50 am
By: News On 6

By Tara Vreeland, The News On 6

TULSA, OK -- A Sand Springs Woman accused of killing two bicyclists is in the Tulsa County Jail, and her bond has been increased.  Tausha Borland appeared in Tulsa County District Court early on Monday morning for her bond hearing.   And afterwards, she was booked into the Tulsa County Jail.

Wearing dark sunglasses to hide their eyes, 38-year-old Tausha Borland and her father had little to say as they walked through the court house.

"No comment folks. It's horrible enough," said Borland's father.

Borland is charged with two counts of first degree manslaughter for the deaths of Christa Voss and Matthew Edmonds. She's also charged with DUI and leaving the scene of an accident.

6/17/2009 Related story: Sand Springs Driver Charged In Deaths Of Two Bicyclists

"I am just glad she's not out driving. I was out riding my bike in Sand Springs this weekend and it was kind of discomforting to know she could have been out there and no one would have known," said Cailean Carlberg, friend of cyclists.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says Borland ran over Voss, Edmonds and another cyclist with her SUV on June 9th. The third victim, John Moore, suffered minor injuries.

Borland's father was tearful as they waited to go into the courtroom. But the tears couldn't justify the heartache the cycling community says it has felt in the wake of the accident.

"I've just seen the reaction from the friends and family. I've been to every service and you just see it in the Tulsa community.  There's more justice in that," said Cailean Carlberg, friend of cyclists.

The judge increased Borland's bond from $100,000 to $300,000.  The Tulsa County District Attorney's Office had wanted the bond increased to $500,000, but the judge said the bond is not the punishment.

"I just find with two manslaughter charges getting $75,000 as opposed to one injury getting $50,000. I think that the manslaughter should have been greater so due to the loss of life," said Cailean Carlberg, friend of cyclists.

Prosecutors brought up Borland's past with alcohol. Records show she was charged with DUI two years ago but pleaded guilty to a lesser charge.

Investigators say they found an open container in her car and they believe she had been drinking before the accident.

If Borland posts bond, she will be under house arrest, must wear an ankle monitor, and forfeit her driver's license. She is also not allowed to be anywhere alcohol is kept, sold or served.

Borland's arraignment is set for Monday, June 29th.