UPDATE: No charges filed in alleged hit and run

JPD: Driver 'purposely' hit pedestrian in school parking lot
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: Jonesboro Police Department)
(Source: Jonesboro Police Department)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - UPDATE SEPT. 15: No charges will be filed in an alleged hit and run case that happened on Sept. 7 at Jonesboro High School.

In a case that was closed Wednesday, Sept. 14, Jonesboro Police found the case was "unfounded".

Jonesboro police say a woman suffered injuries after a man "purposely" hit her with a car while she walked in the parking lot of a local high school.

Maegan Cook, 27,  said she and another woman, along with four children, were walking through the Jonesboro High School parking lot, 301 Hurricane, around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday when a silver Ford Edge approached the group.

While EMTs treated Cook for abrasions to her hand, the woman who was with her told Officer Weston Gates it appeared the car was not going to stop, so they stopped and waited for the car to pass.

According to the initial incident report, the driver of the car then "began to rev its engine" and drove toward the group, hitting Cook.

The front bumper struck the woman, knocking her under the vehicle.

"Half of my body from my waist down was under the car," Cook said. "It all just happened so fast. Yesterday I was shocked but today I'm angry. He could've stopped, but he chose not to."

The witness said the man then backed up the car and left the scene.

On Wednesday, Cook said she is thankful the children, standing just feet away, were not hit.

"Your instinct as a parent is to protect your children," she said "If you're going to hit someone, you're going to hit me before you hit them.  I'm hurt, but had it been a kid. they could be dead."

According to the report, the witness recorded part of the incident. She showed Gates the video, who stated a man was driving the car and a woman was in the passenger seat.

The video also captured the license plate number.

Gates ran the plate number through dispatch. He reported the owner came back as a 52-year-old white male from Paragould. He said the driver's license photo closely resembled the car's driver.

Jonesboro Police told Region 8 News the suspect came in to the department for questioning on Wednesday.

As of right now the case is still under investigation and no charges have been filed.

Meanwhile, Cook said she is trying to recover.

"I'm sore," she said. "I only have my wrist that hurts, well my back, my butt, it hurts pretty bad."

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