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Woman charged with hitting a child with her vehicle enters Alford Plea

Patricia Berliner
Jordana Hubble
Jordana Hubble
Posted at 4:36 PM, Mar 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-27 00:52:23-04

KALISPELL — Patricia Berliner, charged with hitting and severely injuring 6-year old Jordana Hubble as the child was getting off a school bus near Whitefish, entered an Alford Plea on Thursday in Flathead County District Court.

Berliner originally pleaded not guilty to a charge of felony criminal endangerment in April of 2020 and was released on her own recognizance. In October of 2020, Berliner’s attorney Alisha Rapkoch filed a joint motion to refer the case to mediation after consulting with Flathead County Attorney Travis Ahner.

Judge Dan Wilson said both parties came to an agreement in mediation with a resolution to prevent a jury trial. By entering an Alford Plea, Berliner does not admit to the criminal act, but acknowledges that the evidence would likely have resulted in a conviction by a jury.

Court documents state Jordana “was reportedly thrown approximately 60 feet from the point of impact to where she came to rest in the ditch.” Jordana was taken to Nexus Children’s Hospital in Houston in January of 2020 to continue her recovery from the injuries she sustained in the incident. She returned home to Olney in August to continue treatment.

Berliner’s sentencing is set for June 10.

The charge carries a maximum term in the Montana State Prison of 10 years and a maximum fine of $50,000.

Jordana Hubble
6-year-old Jordana Hubble was hit by a vehicle and seriously injured