ABERDEEN, Md. (WJZ) — A 21-year-old woman has been arrested after police say she struck a 17-year-old with her car, before driving over the teen after the two had an argument at the Royal Farms where the victim worked.
Shyria Watson has been charged with attempted murder, first-degree assault, and reckless endangerment.
The Aberdeen Police Department reports this happened on Sunday, just before 9:30 a.m., when officers were called to the Royal Farms in the 700 block of S. Philadelphia Blvd.
Responding officers found a 17-year-old female with life-threatening injuries.
Witness told police the teen worked at the convenience store, and she was struck by a woman behind the wheel of a white vehicle after the two got in an argument.
Police say their investigation found the woman, later identified Watson, drove at the victim, causing her to jump onto the car’s hood.
Watson then reportedly sped up, sending the victim to the ground, and then drove over the teen, before driving away.
“This is a prime example of something so senseless,” said Lt. Will Reiber, Aberdeen Police.
Lt. Reiber said the woman and the teenager know each other and police knew of them too.
He said officers were called to the same store in July when the two got into a verbal fight.
“We had an investigation at that same location, involving the two.
The victim was taken by Maryland State Police Medevac to University of Maryland Shock Trauma. She remains hospitalized as of Tuesday afternoon. She is expected to survive.
The owner of the white vehicle involved in the hit-and-run was still on scene when police arrived, and they were able to convince Watson to return to the scene.
Watson returned in a white Nissan that had damage to the hood and windshield. She was then taken into custody.
Watson is now looking at an attempted murder charge, for not just hitting the girl, but police say, driving over her, and then driving away. She’s facing charges for attempted murder, assault and reckless endangerment.
“We see in this instance when someone uses bad judgment and in the heat of emotion, makes a terrible decision, it can have a life-impacting outcome, not only for the victim but for the person who is responsible for it,” Reiber said.