Woman charged with hitting man with car

August 08, 2002|by CANDICE BOSELY

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg woman has been charged with hitting a man with her car Tuesday night as he played basketball outside her home.

Carla Marie Spencer, 28, of Tavern Road, was charged Wednesday with one felony count of malicious wounding.

The man, Maurice T. Jones, age and address unavailable, was conscious when police arrived, records show. He was taken to City Hospital, but had been released by Wednesday afternoon.

Spencer's 1989 Ford Escort struck Jones at around 10:05 p.m. Tuesday, according to court paperwork prepared by West Virginia State Police Trooper M.M. Kingery.


Witnesses told police Spencer backed up her car from where it had been parked in a handicapped space and then "pulled forward at a fast pace," hitting Jones. One woman told police that as Spencer pulled forward, she yelled, "I'm gonna kill you" to Jones, court records show.

After hitting Jones, Spencer sped off, police said.

As Kingery interviewed witnesses, he received word that Spencer had pulled her car into the parking lot of the state police barracks on Edwin Miller Boulevard.

There were two impact marks on the windshield of Spencer's car, records allege.

Spencer told police that Jones had punched her windshield.

Records do not indicate the relationship between Spencer and Jones or give a motive for the incident. Kingery could not be reached for additional comment.

A domestic incident had occurred at the home earlier that day, police said.

A conviction on a charge of felony wounding is punishable by a sentence of two to 10 years in prison.

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