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Woman Intentionally Hit With Vehicle

Updated: Monday, July 14 2014, 10:21 AM CDT
SPRINGFIELD -- A woman was left bleeding on the ground as the vehicle that hit her raced away Thursday morning, and police say the driver meant to do it.

It happened in Cottonwood Cove Estates, a mobile home park on the North Side. Police say it was intentional but did not provide any other details. An eyewitness, though, fills in the blanks.

"The girl was screaming in the street and had been run over," said Pam Keafer, who was in a nearby home when it happened..

"Well I just, the girl was hysterical obviously and shaking and in shock," Keafer said, "and she had blood on her leg and her foot...that was the most that I saw...was definitely crushed."

Keafer said two vehicles sped away after, a tan sedan and a green, Durango-type vehicle. Keafer also tells us what her daughter saw before that.

"She had said she (the victim) had her hands on top of the green vehicle," Keafer said.

Her daughter closed the door, Keafer said.

"A few minutes later, you know, seconds later, I told her to open the door and to make sure no one was hurt...and the girl was laying on the ground," Keafer said.

So what could have caused it? Something the victim said while on the ground was a clue.

"She said that she had a restraining order against...didn't name a name....but restraining order against him and she just knew he was going to kill her, and she had told the police that," Keafer said.

A search of Sangamon County records turned only one order of protection under the same name as the victim.

In it, a mother says her boyfriend had physically assaulted her, and she states "he is going to kill me."

It was filed on Tuesday.

Newschannel at 9 attempted to track down the man named in the court documents, and ended up with a phone number. The woman who answered said she was his aunt, and he was in Peoria, waiting to speak to detectives.

Police also said they were interviewing a suspect in Peoria, but would not confirm the identity unless an arrest was made.Woman Intentionally Hit With Vehicle


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