A 29-year-old woman charged with a hit-and-run in Parkland argued with her boyfriend just before striking a man walking along state Route 7, according to court documents.
The victim was walking on the shoulder of the road March 11. The driver tried to move into the right lane and went too far, allegedly striking the man before driving away.
The man suffered several broken bones in his face, including his eye socket.
Witnesses told troopers they saw a woman in her 20s behind the wheel who was “very distraught and obviously upset prior to the collision,” records show.
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This week, the State Patrol received a tip with the woman’s name and drove to her house to speak with her. A car matching the description of the vehicle used in the hit-and-run was parked out front with obvious damage to the hood.
The woman refused to answer the door.
“After approximately two and a half hours, fire and medical threatened to break the door down due to a fear that defendant might have over medicated herself,” prosecutors wrote in charging papers.
The woman eventually surrendered. She allegedly told investigators she thought she hit a blow-up doll outside a car dealership and her hood was damaged by throwing her purse at it repeatedly.
On Thursday, Pierce County prosecutors charged her with vehicular assault and failure to remain at an injury accident. Her bail was set at $40,000.
Staff writer Kenny Ocker contributed to this report.
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