Two women were arrested and incarcerated after police say a 17-year-old girl was twice intentionally run over by a vehicle late Tuesday afternoon in Jefferson Twp.
Montgomery County Sheriff’s deputies initially said the girl was in serious condition late Tuesday, but her status was downgraded to critical on Wednesday, according to sheriff’s office personnel.
Tara Dunbar, 34, and Khadijah Thompson, 23, were booked into the Montgomery County Jail on Tuesday evening. Dunbar was being held on an informal abduction charge while Thompson was held on two counts of felonious assault.
Deputies said the girl was speaking with two women when there was an argument and the girl starting running when the women hit the girl with their car.
Two witnesses called 911 to report the possible domestic violence incident on Kimmel Lane at about 4:15 p.m. Tuesday.
“My girlfriend just got hit by a car,” one caller told dispatchers with someone screaming in the background. “I know who they are,” she added, referring to suspects.
“They ran her all the way over and then … backed up and hit her again.”
Seantel McGairk, 18, who said she is the 17-year-old’s girlfriend, told this news organization that some of the altercation caught on cell phone video was because one of the suspects wanted to date her.
McGairk, who said she was hit by a suspect carrying a gun, said she spent all night in the hospital after being questioned all day. She said her girlfriend has several broken bones: “I just want her to recover,” Mcgairk said.
The second person told dispatchers the 17-year-old was hit by a vehicle and that the girl was bleeding from her mouth.
Deputies said they believe one of the women pulled a weapon during the incident.
The sheriff’s office initital incident report listed felonious assault and aggravated robbery as the offenses.
Witnesses described a white Chevrolet Impala to deputies and late Tuesday they discovered the car they think was involved on Mia Avenue in Dayton.
Sheriff’s officials said detectives are performing search warrants on two vehicles towed from the scene.
Detectives will be reviewing the case with county prosecutors in the next few days to consider formal charges.
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 told this news organization. “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.”
Thompson had been sued in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court by a man who said Thompson — who the complaint termed “an inexperienced and incompetent driver” — drove a vehicle into his vehicle in October 2014. The case was dismissed earlier this year.
Thompson also was found guilty of misdemeanor theft and a minor traffic violation.
Dunbar had a weapons under disability case dismissed in 2011, minor traffic violations in 2014 and 2015 and a possession of controlled substance case in 2015.
In 2011, Dunbar was held in local jail while awaiting extradition on a criminal mischief charge in Pennsylvania.