Sunday, June 24, 2018
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Temple Terrace woman faces charges of running into car three times

LUTZ — A Temple Terrace woman is facing charges after she left the scene of a crash and later admitted she struck a car on purpose Monday in Lutz because she was angry it was in her way, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Kierstin Renee Perez, 24, hit the vehicle three times then fled the scene but later contacted authorities and admitted her involvement, troopers said.

They gave this account of the incident:

Samantha A. Schwarz, 27, of Land O' Lakes, was driving a 2012 Hyundai Elantra east on State Road 54, just west of Cypress Creek Road, round 10:15 p.m.

Perez was driving east in an adjacent lane, in a 2015 Toyota Camry.

Perez changed lanes and slammed into the back of Schwarz' Elantra, troopers said, causing both vehicles to spin and come to a rest in the roadway.

Perez reversed her car in an attempt to leave the scene but hit the Elantra.

She started to back up a second time, troopers said, but Schwarz maneuvered her car to prevent her from leaving. Perez hit the Elantra a second time on purpose.

Reversing a third time, Perez managed to drive around Schwarz and fled east on SR 54 then turned south on Interstate 75, troopers said. Schwarz followed her to copy the license plate number and contacted the highway patrol.

Troopers tried to contact the car's registered owner but could not.

Then, around 12:40 a.m. Tuesday, the Temple Terrace Police Department contacted troopers to report that Perez had called to report her involvement in the crash.

She later told troopers she rammed into the Elantra because she was angry that the vehicle was in her way.

Perez was arrested by the highway patrol and faces charges of aggravated battery and leaving the scene of a crash. She was booked into the Pasco County Jail with bail set at $1,500.

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