SWAMPSCOTT — Standing inside her Magnolia Road home Tuesday night, Donna Cavanaugh thought the car she heard speeding away was just another bad driver, until she heard a woman screaming in pain, screaming for help.
Cavanaugh rushed out and saw a woman on the ground in front of 17 Magnolia Road.
“Get me help!” the woman, identified by authorities as Anna Champagne, screamed. “Help me! Someone hit me! A car hit me and took off!”
Cavanaugh rushed back across the street and called 911.
Essex District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett’s office and Swampscott police said Champagne was the victim of an attack allegedly launched by Kimberly A. English, 49, a special education teacher at a Lynn public elementary school.
English, authorities allege, drove her gray Volkswagen Tiguan onto the sidewalk and into Champagne before speeding away. When police arrived about 7:30 p.m., they found Champagne on the ground.
She was rushed to North Shore Medical Center in Salem for treatment of injuries not believed to be life-threatening. English was found in her Swampscott home and claimed she had been in an crash with another car in Revere, but police determined the damage to her car was consistent with injuries to Champagne.
According to neighbors and court records, English once lived at 17 Magnolia Road with her former husband, Carl Schroeder. The couple have divorced, and Schroeder has primary custody of their two sons, court records say.
Tuesday night, Champagne, Schroeder, and his sons were unloading groceries when English allegedly ran Champagne down. English’s two sons were inside the house at the time, but Cavanaugh said the boys heard Champagne’s screams.
Schroeder later told police that his former wife told their oldest son that she wished Champagne, Schroeder’s girlfriend, would soon be dead.
“I didn't even think about Kim doing something like this,’’ Schroeder told police.
English was arraigned Wednesday in Lynn District Court, where a not-guilty plea was entered on her behalf to charges including armed assault with intent to murder, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, and violating a domestic restraining order.
At the request of Blodgett’s office, English was held without bail pending a dangerousness hearing set for next Tuesday.
Swampscott police said they were familiar with Schroeder and English because of “tumultuous instances” between the two. In 2009, English was arrested in an alleged assault on Schroeder, charges that were dropped when Schroeder refused to testify against his wife.
Schroeder told police at the time that English had stopped taking medication for schizophrenia or a bipolar disorder; he said he was not sure which.
For the report for the new arrest, Schroeder said English’s visits with her children were cut off last week because she was increasingly erratic.
English is an elementary teacher at Ingalls Elementary School , said Thomas Iarrobino, Lynn school spokesman. After her arrest, English was placed on administrative leave while the case proceeds.
He said English has been a school teacher since 2005 and had an unblemished record.