Published: Tuesday, October 31, 2017 @ 4:46 PM
Updated: Wednesday, November 01, 2017 @ 10:43 AM
By: Breaking News Staff, Mark Gokavi
JEFFERSON TWP. — UPDATE @ 3:14 p.m. (Nov. 2.):
Prosecutors approved multiple charges against the driver accused of running over a 17-year-old girl.
Khadijah Thompson is charged with felonious assault with a deadly weapon and felonious assault with the intent of serious harm, according to the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office.
Tara Dunbar, who was with Thompson, was charged with two counts abduction, improper handling of a firearm in a vehicle.
The prosecutor’s office identified Thompson as the driver in the case.
UPDATE @ 3:55 p.m. (Nov. 1):
A woman who called 911 after a 17-year-old girl was run over multiple times by another vehicle said the incident was sparked by “jealousy” and deputies said it stemmed from ongoing romantic relationships.
Deputies responded to the hit-and-run pedestrian crash in the 1500 block of Kimmel Lane Tuesday afternoon.
“The girl got into the car, started it up and pressed on the gas,” said Seantel McGarick, who said she’s been in a relationship with the victim for about six months. “[She] ran her over and then ran her over again.”
The 17-year-old was transported to a local hospital, where at last check she was listed in critical condition, deputies said.
McGarick said she and the victim were walking through the neighborhood when a group of girls pulled up and got into an altercation them.
“She was just trying to get away,” McGarick said, referring to the 17-year-old.
Before the teen was run over multiple times, McGarick said she tried to intervene and stop the incident from happening.
“I tried to do my best,” she said.
McGarick said it’s been a tough 24 hours, as she spent the entire night at the hospital with the victim and today she said she was interviewed by detectives.
Deputies arrested two women in connection to the incident: Tara Dunbar, 34, is being detained on one count of abduction and Khadijah Thompson, 23, is jailed on two counts of felony assault
Now, McGarick hopes her friend can recover from the serious injuries, but is thankful the suspects in the case are in jail.
“I want they to stay in jail for quite a long time,” McGarick said.
UPDATE @ 11:51 a.m. (Nov. 1):
Ongoing romantic relationships are being investigated as a possible motive for a driver intentionally running over a 17-year-old girl Tuesday afternoon, deputies said.
UPDATE @ 10:42 a.m. (Nov. 1):
The condition of the 17-year-old girl run over by a vehicle during an apparent domestic violence incident has worsened this morning, sheriff’s officials said.
The teen is now listed in critical condition.
Two people called 911 to report the hit-and-run crash.
“My girlfriend just got hit by a car,” one caller told emergency dispatchers, as screaming could be heard in the background. “I know who they are,” she added referring to the suspects in the case.
The second person told dispatchers the 17-year-old was hit by a vehicle and was bleeding from her mouth.
Two women are in jail after a 17-year-old girl was run over twice during an apparent domestic violence incident in Jefferson Twp. Tuesday afternoon.
Tara Dunbar, 34, is being detained on one count of abduction and Khadijah Thompson, 23, is jailed on two counts of felony assault after a hit-and-run left a young woman in serious condition at a local hospital.
Authorities were dispatched to the 1500 block of Kimmel Lane around 4:15 p.m. on Tuesday on a reported pedestrian strike, which they found began as a domestic violence incident.
According to the preliminary investigation, one of three women who were arguing behind a now closed firehouse on Kimmel Lane had a handgun.
A person who identified herself to deputies as a witness said someone involved in the altercation held a gun to her head when she tried to help the victim.
The victim took off running and made it as far as a driveway across the street before she was run over by what officials believe to be the car involved in the incident, a white Chevrolet Impala. After a search, Sheriff’s detectives located the vehicle in the 600 block of Mia Avenue late Tuesday night. The car was loaded onto a flatbed trailer for transport to the sheriff’s office impound lot.
Latoya Davis, visiting with her grandmother who lives on Kimmel Lane, said she hated to hear that a child had been run over by a car in the neighborhood she described as peaceful.
“Our sympathy goes out to the family,” Davis said.
“It makes me feel nervous to know that something like that is so close to home. I know it can happen anywhere, but that kind of sounds out of the ordinary for this neighborhood,” she said.
The incident still remains under investigation.
Detectives will work with prosecutors to file formal charges.
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