Florida Highway Patrol officers say a Boynton Beach woman intentionally ran over her girlfriend and dragged her with her car before leaving her for dead near an Interstate 95 exit ramp.
LiShell Jacobs, 30, was arrested Saturday. Authorities say she faces charges of aggravated battery and driving with a suspended license causing death or serious injury.
An arrest report says a witness was stopped at the southbound exit ramp from I-95 to Gateway Boulevard in Boynton Beach on April 17 when a woman got out of the car in front of her and begin to walk away.
"While the traffic signal remained red, the vehicle entered the intersection, initiated a U-turn and struck the female passenger as she walked away from the vehicle," the report said.
Troopers said the car ran over the woman, turned onto Gateway Boulevard and continued driving east, dragging the woman along the pavement.
Troopers said Jacobs arrived at the crime scene. This is the story she told officers, according to the arrest report:
- Jacobs identified herself as a passenger in the car that dragged the woman
- Jacobs led Troopers to the car -- a four-door Honda Civic with blood splatter on the rear bumper
- Jacobs told troopers that she drove to the West Palm Beach airport to pick up her girlfriend, Erica Edwards
- Jacobs said her friend drove back because her stomach was hurting
- Jacobs said Edwards seemed upset during the car ride about some family issues and a previous fight between the two
- Jacobs said Edwards jumped out of the car while it was still in motion
- Jacobs said she didn't know Edwards was hurt
However, authorities say that Jacobs later changed her story. According to the report:
- Jacobs told officers she had been lying about what happened
- Jacobs told troopers that she and Edwards were the only people in the car
- Jacobs admitted that she was scared, panicked and fled the scene after hitting Edwards with the car, "hearing her scream."
At last check, Edwards remained in critical condition at Delray Medical Center in Delray Beach.