Two women were arrested and incarcerated after investigators 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. The pedestrian crash occurred in the 1500 block of Kimmel Lane.
“The girl got into the car, started it up and pressed on the gas,” said Seantel McGarick, 18, 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.”
Here are five things to know about the hit-and-run incident:
1. Suspects booked: 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.
2. The argument. Deputies said the girl was speaking with two women when there was an argument, and the girl started running before the women hit the girl with their car. McGairk told this news organization that some of the altercation, caught on cell phone video, happened because one of the suspects wanted to date her.
3. Victim’s injuries. 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.
4. Criminal records. Thompson had been sued in Montgomery County Common Pleas Court by a man who said Thompson — whom 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.
5. What’s next? Sheriff’s officials said detectives are executing 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.