Friday, August 22, 2008

Victim says it was an accident

Woman claims former boyfriend didnít run over her on purpose

Express Staff Writer

A woman whose foot was run over by a vehicle says her former boyfriend didn't do it on purpose.

"I accidentally got in the way—he wasn't trying to hit me," said Tracy Crawford, a 37-year-old Hailey woman, who required hospital care after an alleged domestic dispute in Bellevue early Sunday evening.

"My exact words on the report are that I jumped out of his vehicle, I went to kick his vehicle and my foot got stuck," said Crawford, referring to an incident report taken by the Bellevue Marshal's Office.

Crawford's former boyfriend, Jason Gaba, a 32-year-old Gannett man, was arrested, and charged Monday in Blaine County Magistrate Court with misdemeanor battery. He was released from custody after posting a $1,500 bond.

According to the Bellevue Marshal's Office, the couple was arguing while Gaba was driving. He stopped near the intersection of south Main Street and Gannett Road. She exited the vehicle and he ran over her foot

The Marshal's Office reported that the victim suffered "major contusions to her left foot and left shin."

Crawford told the Idaho Mountain Express that she was nearly hysterical following the mishap and may have implied to investigators that she thought Gaba did it on purpose.

"I was in excruciating pain—I can't believe I got run over," she said.

"I recanted my whole statement. It was an accident."

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