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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Man accused of hitting woman, gas station with car

  • 54-year-old woman in stable condition after suffering serious injuries
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  • A St. Robert man is behind bars after allegedly hitting a woman and a business with a car and leaving the scene, according to authorities.
    Jermaine Davis Watkins, 24, of St Robert, is facing several charges for the incident that happened Sunday at Eagle Stop.
    At 7:28 p.m. Sunday, St. Robert police received a report of a crash with injuries in the parking lot of Eagle Stop on Old Route 66.
    Sgt. Jennifer Janko reported that a black 2009 Chevrolet Cobalt, operated by Watkins, backed into the entrance of the business.
    According to a press release from St. Robert Police Department,
    Watkins hit the accelerator instead of the brake while he was backing up, causing the vehicle to crash into the building.
    The vehicle struck a 54-year-old St. Robert woman as she was exiting the business, according to the St. Robert Police.
    The vehicle then struck the building, trapping the woman between the vehicle and the building, according to a press release.
    The press release said that Watkins then pulled the vehicle forward, releasing the trapped female, exited the vehicle, and fled on foot.
    Watkins was located on Monday and charged with second degree assault, armed criminal action, leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident involving injury, and property damage.
    The female was transported to Phelps County Regional Medical Center with serious injuries, then transported by helicopter to University of Columbia Hospital where she remains in stable condition.
    Watkins is currently being held at Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department on a $250,000 surety bond.

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