A 36-year-old Springfield man is recovering from several broken bones after his girlfriend allegedly ran over him on Sunday. Authorities claim she then fled the scene.
The girlfriend, Meagan Jones, says it wasn’t intentional.
“I’m sorry. It was an accident. I was scared and I panicked,” she said during a Tuesday court hearing.
Members of the victim’s family were overcome with emotion and left the courtroom.
Jones, 41, of 748 Kings Road, Orangeburg, is facing one count of first-degree assault and battery in connection with the incident.
Orangeburg County Magistrate Stephanie Grant set her bond at $50,000 cash or surety.
The victim’s oldest sister, Monique Washington, addressed the court and Jones during the bond hearing.
“He has a broken leg, broken pelvis, broken wrist and gashes in his head,” Washington said.
“Mentally, I don’t know if I can take care of my brother like this,” she said, noting that he isn’t able to walk.
“We just buried our brother two weeks ago,” Washington added.
She continued, “I don’t hate her,” she said of Jones.
Then turning toward Jones, Washington said, “You could’ve called and said ‘Can somebody check on him? I made a mistake.’”
Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Terry Logan Jr. told the court that Jones doesn’t have a criminal record.
Logan said once deputies called Jones, she voluntarily reported to authorities and has been cooperative.
Jones’ arrest warrant accuses her of attempting to injure another person, or having the ability to do so, when she allegedly ran over the victim with her 1997 Nissan Altima. It claims she then left the incident scene on Baugh Street.
Deputies spoke with the victim at the Regional Medical Center.
He told them that he and Jones got into an argument and he decided to exit the vehicle.
He walked away and then looked back.
That’s when he noticed Jones driving toward him at a high rate of speed, the incident report states.
He said Jones ran over him and fled the scene.
Concerned citizens found the man in the road and called Orangeburg County EMS.
If Jones is convicted of first-degree assault and battery, she faces up to 10 years in prison.