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Hit-and-run driver who ran over victim twice charged

Police have arrested a woman who allegedly ran over a pedestrian, then backed up over the victim for a second time before fleeing the scene.

Shakarah Jones. Credit: PPD Shakarah Jones. Credit: PPD

Police have arrested a woman who allegedly ran over a pedestrian, then backed up over the victim for a second time before fleeing the scene.

Shakarah Jones, 22, is now charged with aggravated assault, simple assault, aggravated assault by vehicle and driving without a license for running over a woman twice, forwards and backwards, early Saturday morning.

Police say Jones, of the 2700 block of West York Street, was allegedly driving in 1996 Pontiac Grand Am around 1:45 a.m. on Saturday when she struck a female who was walking in the path of the car near 8th Street and Allegheny Avenue.

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Jones, who was reportedly not speeding, was then told by her passenger and by witnesses that there was a woman under her car and she should not move the car, according to police.

But Jones instead put the car in reverse and "ran over the victim again causing extensive injuries to the victim," according to the police report, before fleeing the scene in her car.

A witness called police and followed Jones to 25th and Firth streets, where she hit a parked car, abandoned her car and fled on foot.

Police found Jones' car and were able to identify her using the owner information associated with the car.

The victim is in critical condition at Temple Hospital with multiple injuries as of Sunday morning, police said.

 
 
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