Thursday, December 14, 2017
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Teen's condition improves after being intentionally hit with car, St. Pete police say

ST. PETERSBURG — Police say the medical condition of a teenager intentionally hit by a car has improved from critical to stable.

Robert Templeton, 26, was arrested and charged with aggravated battery and domestic battery in connection with the incident around 8:30 p.m. Sunday at 2528 13th Ave S.

Templeton went to the home at that address to see Alana Simpson, 27, and got into an argument with her, St. Petersburg police said.

Templeton struck and injured Simpson, then left in his vehicle and circled back around into the alley behind the home, police said.

The argument continued, and Templeton drove his car at Simpson and at 17-year-old Christina Gaffney, police said. Police initially reported that Gaffney was Templeton's step-sister, but said later Monday that they are not related.

Simpson was struck in the leg and received minor injuries. Gaffney received a number of serious injuries and was taken to Bayfront Health St. Petersburg, where she initially was listed in critical condition. Her status has since been upgraded to stable.

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