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Witness chases Plant City woman accused of twice running over and injuring boy

DOVER — An 8-year-old boy was taken to Tampa General Hospital by helicopter Tuesday evening after a car hit him, backed over him and drove away, authorities said.

A witness followed the fleeing driver, cut her off and persuaded her to return to the scene, where she was arrested, the Florida Highway Patrol said.

It began just before 5:30 p.m. when Carlos Hernandez was crossing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard near Sydney Dover Road with his mother, Carolina Batista, the patrol said.

Troopers said Veronica Aracely Perez-Herrera, 20, of Plant City proceeded on a green light across the intersection but struck Carlos, who was not in a crosswalk. Perez-Herrera stopped and Batista tried to pull her son from under the 1997 Ford Escort's right front tire.

But then the driver got back in the car and backed over the child before driving away down Sydney Dover Road, the patrol said.

A witness, Timothy Kelly, 52, of Mulberry chased Perez-Herrera and cut her off, the patrol said. Kelly could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

Perez-Herrera faces charges of felony leaving the scene of a crash and having no valid driver's license. Hillsborough jail records show she was also being held for Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Carlos was listed in critical but stable condition, the patrol said.

Witness chases Plant City woman accused of twice running over and injuring boy 07/05/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 6, 2011 1:09am]
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