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SUVs getting bad press! Woo-hoo! Hope that kid pulls through... =(

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Woman runs down boys who hit SUV with golf ball

Associated Press
Published on: 12/07/04

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - A woman ran over two teenage brothers, leaving one with life-threatening injuries, after they accidentally hit her sport utility vehicle with a golf ball, officials said.

Isiah Grayer, 14, and his 16-year-old twin stepbrothers, Justin and Jamel Marshman, were bouncing a golf ball in a shopping center parking lot Sunday afternoon when it went astray and struck a sport utility vehicle driven by Kathy Feaganes Allen, 47, St. Johns County sheriff's Deputy Greg Suchy said.

Suchy said no damage was done, and the boys apologized and began to walk away. Allen started to drive away, but suddenly made a U-turn, ran over a median and struck Grayer, causing severe injuries, and Justin Marshman before knocking over a light pole, Suchy said.

"I tried to run. I blacked out. I woke up bleeding," Justin Marshman told The Florida Times-Union. "I didn't know it was real. I thought I was dreaming."

Allen then drove after Jamel Marshman, crossing two medians and striking a utility box before her SUV stopped in a ditch, Suchy said. The boy was not struck.

Witness Russell McPhee said Allen accelerated to hit the boys.
"She charged them," he said. "This was the most deliberate act."
McPhee said he yelled at Allen to stay where she was when she got out of her car.
"After she ran them down, she got out of the car and lit a cigarette like a movie star," he said. She watched the boys "just lying there," McPhee said.

Allen then used Terry Gerspch's cellphone to call her husband. Gerspch said Allen seemed unfazed.
"She was as calm as anything," she said. "She said the boys were throwing rocks at her car."
McPhee said Jamel, the uninjured brother, ran over to Allen's car and confronted her.
"He didn't get physical with her," he said. "He just kept asking 'Why? Why did you do this?"'
Allen told the court she has mental problems. A judge ordered her held without bail Monday on three counts of attempted murder.

Brent Woolbright of the St. Johns County Public Defender's Office said he was assigned her case Monday and was trying to get all the facts.

"I talked to her, and her story is a little different than what was reported," he said, adding that he hoped to get bond set for her.

Grayer was in critical condition Monday at Shands Hospital in Jacksonville, where his family said the boy had slipped into a coma. Justin Marshman was released from Flagler Hospital after being treated for a skull fracture.

Justin Marshman said he visited Grayer in the hospital Monday.
"There were all these tubes in his body," he said. "He was scraped up. His eyes, you can tell he was crying. All these stitches on his head. His leg was shaking. They say he can hear us, but he can't respond."

The boys' mother, Aribella Pearson, described her youngest son as an honor roll student in the seventh grade at Sebastian Middle School, who loved to dance and play sports in the neighborhood.

"It's like a horrible nightmare I can't wake up from," she said.
 

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That's just plain awful. I would be horrified if I struck another human accidentally! I just don't think I could intentionally run over someone unless they were aiming a high-powered rifle at me!

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