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Driver accused of intentionally hitting woman with car charged

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A Minneapolis woman is charged with assault after authorities say she used her car to deliberately run over another woman, dragging her along the street a short distance before stopping.

Vanessa Uzong, 24, is charged with first-degree assault in the incident, which happened in a parking lot on the 500 block of Hennepin Avenue at about 1 a.m. Saturday morning, the Hennepin County Attorney's office said. Uzong's bail was set at $150,000.

Miera Horton, 26, of Minneapolis suffered a punctured lung, a lacerated liver, a shattered pelvis, a broken leg, and fractures to her ribs and an ankle in the incident, according to the criminal complaint filed against Uzong.

Horton was in a coma after the incident and remains in critical condition at Hennepin County Medical Center, according to the Star Tribune.

Uzong was due to appear in court Wednesday, KEYC reports.

The criminal complaint accuses Uzong of driving a Dodge Magnum that hit Horton as she was walking, and says the car dragged her before crashing into the back of another vehicle.

A witness told police they had intervened in an earlier altercation between the pair before Uzong got into a car and began driving through the lot. Authorities say she then swerved her vehicle to deliberately hit Horton, who was attempting to move out of its path.

It is the third incident of someone being deliberately hit by a car in as many months, with a 21-year-old woman seriously injured when hit by a car near 8th Street and LaSalle Avenue in downtown Minneapolis on Oct. 3.

And in August, 37-year-old Angela D. Jackson, of Minneapolis, was charged with first-degree attempted premeditated murder after police say she intentionally ran over a man following a bar spat in Minneapolis' Uptown area.

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