Monday, July 16, 2018
Public safety

Woman, 18, tried to run over at least five people in attack, St. Petersburg police say

ST. PETERSBURG — An 18-year-old woman drove a car into a group of people late Thursday, injuring a young teen and an older man, St. Petersburg police say.

She was arrested and faces three counts of attempted homicide.

About 9:15 p.m., Shatavia Hall, 18, of St. Petersburg and her sister became embroiled in a brawl with two other women near 20th Avenue S and 42nd Street, according to police.

When the fight broke up, Hall and her sister got into a car and drove off. Several minutes later, the two drove back to the scene, police said.

Hall drove the maroon Pontiac Grand Am over the curb, into the yard and toward a group of at least five people, police said. Three jumped out of the way in time, but two couldn't dodge the accelerating sedan.

Dawson Othel, 70, and Jamari Brown, 13, were hit. Brown flipped over the hood of the car as it hit him, said St. Petersburg police spokesman Mike Puetz.

The two suffered minor injuries and were taken to Bayfront Medical Center, where they were treated overnight and released.

According to at least one witness, Hall was seen driving past the area shortly after the attack, "laughing as she drove by," Puetz said.

She was arrested about an hour later at her home in the 2800 block of Seventh Street S.

At midday Friday, Hall remained in Pinellas County Jail. No bail had yet been set.

Although Hall's sister was in the car with her at the time of the incident, she was not arrested. Her name was not immediately released.

An investigation continued Friday.

Marissa Lang can be reached at [email protected] or (813) 226-3386.

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