UT student assaulted, run over
10:24 PM CST on Wednesday, February 4, 2009
By NOELLE NEWTONKVUE News
A UT student is robbed then run over. Police fear the next assault could have a more tragic ending.
In the early morning hours of January 19th Delaina Leroy was walking to her car at the corner of 4th Street and the southbound lanes of IH 35 when she says her purse was ripped from her shoulder.
"My car was literally parked where that green truck is. I was so close to being safe," said Leroy.
“There was enough force to break my watch.”
She was in the moment of fight or flight. She chose to fight and ran after the man who she can only describe as Hispanic.
"My keys were in there, my phone my wallet,” she said.
When they got to the corner of 5th Street and Sabine, she says he jumped into the passenger side of an older model maroon Chevy Impala with a large white oval shaped decal with flames on the rear window.
"He proceeded to peel out and hit me and that's when I rolled over his hood and my arm got stuck under his wheel and he ran over it," she said.
APD Detective Kevin Covington is worried these violent thieves may strike again.
"No one stopped to help. No one called with witness information," said Covington. “If they do it again, somebody could be killed or badly, badly injured so we definitely want to get them identified."
Leroy still cannot use her left hand due to a fracture and tissue damage. Her knee is also injured, but she says the physical pain is nothing in comparison to the emotional damage.
"It really rattles my safety and my sense of security and my overall independence. There are so many people out there that could be in potential danger," she said.