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Tarpon Springs man still in critical condition a month after he was run over

TARPON SPRINGS — A man whose skull was fractured in late June when, authorities say, he was run over by his girlfriend during an argument, remains in critical condition, Tarpon Springs police said Wednesday.

Sidney Day, 55, was flown to Bayfront Medical Center with skull fractures after the June 26 incident.

His head injuries could have lifelong implications, said Tarpon Springs police Detective William Peters, who is investigating the case. Day also sustained numerous cuts and bruises and a broken leg, according to court documents.

The woman accused of running him down, 58-year-old Kathy T. Wolanin, remains in the Pinellas County Jail without bail. She has been charged with second-degree attempted murder and leaving the scene of an accident involving injury. Her arraignment is scheduled for Aug. 9.

Court documents filed last week offer new details about the case.

According to a search warrant, witnesses saw Wolanin and Day arguing at the Sweetbay Supermarket on N Pinellas Avenue before Day walked away, heading south. Police received conflicting reports about what the two were arguing about, Peters said.

Witnesses said that Wolanin, who was in a 1989 Mercury Sable, followed Day for several minutes. He was walking in the grassy median when Wolanin bumped him with her car, the search warrant shows.

When Day turned around and hit or kicked the Sable, Wolanin sped up and hit Day again, knocking him down, witnesses said.

With Day still on the ground, Wolanin ran over him, then left the area and went to her home at 215 Anclote Road, according to the search warrant.

While at home, Wolanin told two roommates she had run over Day and that she "did not care" about his welfare, police said.

Peters said witness statements show Wolanin intentionally pursued Day and that she was the aggressor.

"She followed him for quite a while," Peters said. "And if she was the victim of anything, she had effective means to get away. She was in a locked car and able to drive away from him."

An inventory log shows police are testing a substance that appears to be blood from the car's grill, hood and muffler. Tests are also being performed on samples believed to be human hair (from the driver's side wheel well) and skin (from the transmission).

Police are also awaiting results from blood-alcohol and toxicology tests on Wolanin.

Wolanin was charged with a DUI in 1990, but the disposition of that case was unavailable Wednesday. In mid June, she was convicted of leaving the scene of an accident involving property damage. Those are her only arrests in Florida, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Rita Farlow can be reached at farlow@sptimes.com or (727) 445-4157.

Tarpon Springs man still in critical condition a month after he was run over 07/21/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 21, 2010 8:34pm]

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