Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Public safety

Odessa driver accused of running over man during argument

ODESSA — A 33-year-old man was arrested this week after authorities said he ran over another man during a Feb. 10 argument on Interlaken Road.

The Pasco County Sheriff's Office says Karl Tomaino and the 50-year-old victim were arguing when Tomaino "pulled his vehicle forward striking the victim" and knocking him to the ground. Tomaino is accused of then driving his car over the man, who suffered cuts on his back and injuries to his elbow and hand.

The Sheriff's Office did not say whether the two knew each other prior to the incident. It appears the argument began while both men were driving. Tomaino yelled an obscenity at the victim, who stopped to ask why Tomaino yelled at him, a report states.

Tomaino fled the scene but was arrested Wednesday at his house, 2108 Old Gunn Highway in Odessa. Deputies say Tomaino sent text messages after the incident saying, "I could have killed him" and "Yeah you know me I just love to run an old man over. Really does something for me."

He is charged with aggravated battery and is being held in the Pasco jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.

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