GPD: Argument leads to woman nearly being run over by vehicle
Published: Thursday, January 19, 2012 at 7:49 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 19, 2012 at 7:44 p.m.
A dispute that police say began years ago when two young women were in high school erupted anew early Thursday in a fracas that reportedly saw one woman drive 50 feet with the other woman clinging to the car’s hood.
Gainesville Police gave this account: At about 2:15 a.m., Shalonda Yvette Lewis, 21, of 1055 SW 62nd Blvd., got into an argument at the 2nd Avenue Centre apartment complex at 505 SW Second Ave. with Cornelia Jacquita Dean, also of Gainesville, and with Dean’s friends.
Lt. Mike Schibuola said the women have known each other since high school and the dispute apparently stemmed from issues that began when both were teens.
Dean and her friends told police they went outside to smoke and Lewis — who had gotten into a car — and Dean resumed their argument. Lewis reportedly drove forward and backward near Dean, and one witness told officers that Lewis threatened to run over Dean and her friends.
Witnesses said Lewis drove toward Dean by maneuvering her car up onto the sidewalk with her front and rear passenger-side tires. Dean told police she jumped onto the hood of the car to avoid being run over, and witnesses said Lewis drove about 50 feet before Dean fell off the car and injured her wrist.
Dean said she then had to roll out of the way as Lewis continued driving toward her.
Lewis, who told police that Dean and her friends had been punching her car, was arrested on a charge of aggravated battery and booked into the Alachua County jail.