HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A 16-year-old girl was hospitalized in serious condition after she was hit and dragged 75 feet by a car after a fight early Monday, Ottawa County sheriff’s deputies said.
Deputies said they arrested the driver, 17-year-old Marie Sims, a short time later at a party two miles away. They said she admitted hitting the victim and driving away.
Deputies say the victim, Kalina Sin, and Sims got into a fight at Whispering Pines apartment complex off 136th Avenue in Holland Township. Sims, they said, then backed over Sin and dragged her down the road.
A neighbor told 24 Hour News 8 she was in bed just after midnight when she heard squealing tires.
“Then I heard somebody screaming, and then I heard somebody yelling, ‘Oh my God, oh my God,'” neighbor Maryle Juarez recalled.
She ran outside and saw a girl she didn’t know lying on the road, screaming in pain.
By then, the car had run over a street sign and left, she said.
“Her face was swollen and bleeding, her arms were scraped,” the neighbor said. “She was face down on the (road), and her clothes in back were ripped and everything from the tires that were passing on her.”
Fearing another passing vehicle might hit the victim, the neighbor said she pulled her car into the road to block traffic.
“Cars weren’t really stopping,” she said.
She said the victim’s friend called 911.
“I think that’s just crazy. I would never have thought to see anything like that,” Juarez said.
Sims was formally charged Tuesday afternoon with great bodily harm with a motor vehicle and leaving the scene of a serious crash.
Monday night, the victim was reported in serious but stable condition at Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids.