CENTERVILLE — Criminal charges were filed Monday against a Bountiful man who police say hit another man with his truck and dragged him more than 70 feet across a parking lot, then lied to police about what happened.
Shawn Paul Smith, 44, is charged in 2nd District Court with aggravated assault resulting in serious injury, a second-degree felony; failing to stop at a serious accident, a third-degree felony; obstructing justice, a class A misdemeanor; and two counts of committing a violent crime in front of a child, a class B misdemeanor.
About 8:15 p.m. on July 26, Jayce Medina, 20, suffered multiple fractures to his pelvis and ribs, cuts on the top of his head that required staples to close, broken teeth, and internal bleeding after he was hit by a Ford F-150 in the parking lot of a Target store, 200 N. Marketplace Drive in Centerville, and then dragged.
Medina later told police while being treated at the hospital that he was in a car at Walmart across the street from Target when an F-150 truck almost hit him from behind.
"He indicated that he flipped the driver of that car off. He then pulled into a parking lot near Target where the driver of the F-150 followed him," according to charging documents.
Witnesses told police that both vehicles pulled into the Target lot at a high rate of speed. Medina got out of his car and he and Smith yelled at each other, the charges state. Medina then started walking from the passenger side of Smith's truck to the driver's side.
"He reported that as he walked in front of the F-150, the driver of that vehicle 'gunned it' and ran him over," according to the charges.
Surveillance video from the store "shows him being run over and dragged by the F-150 for approximately eight parking stalls — approximately 72 feet" before Medina emerges from under the truck, investigators wrote in the charges.
The surveillance footage was also able to record the truck's license plate number. Police went to a home in Bountiful where the vehicle was registered, and said they found Smith in the driveway sitting in the bed of his F-150.
"(Smith) admitted that he had been involved in a road-rage incident that started near the Centerville Walmart and that continued into the Centerville Target parking lot. (He) claimed that the driver of the white car had followed him into the parking lot and had pointed a gun at him and his children," the charges state. Smith then claimed he tried to speed away out of fear for himself and his children and did not realize he had run anyone over.
"He claimed that the driver of the white car was the aggressor and that he did not know why the driver of the white car was angry at him," the charges state.
But police said they determined that Smith's version of what happened did not match the physical evidence, surveillance video or accounts of witnesses, including his own children who were in his truck with him at the time.
The children told police that their father was driving really fast, and another car got close to him and scratched his truck.
"They said that their dad got really mad and started to chase the other car. They both described their dad running over the driver of the white car. (Smith's) children made no mention of a gun when they described what happened. Likewise, no other witnesses mentioned seeing a gun either," the charging documents say.
"It's a miracle Jayce is still alive," says a GoFundMe campaign* started to raise money for his medical bills. According to the campaign, the truck ran directly over Medina's pelvis, which he underwent surgery for.
"Jayce had his pelvic surgery. (Doctors) let us know that the left side of his pelvis was broken off and hanging on by muscle only. With the help of amazing surgeons, and an incredible medical staff they were able to repair his pelvis with metal plates and screws. He is in an extreme amount of pain. The one thing that makes him smile was us telling him the amount of love and support his family, friends, and community have poured out to him/us," the family wrote, updating his condition on Thursday.
"Jayce remains in the ICU but we are hoping he can transition out soon. Please continue to pray for our son, he needs strength, faith, and love right now and this community has been nothing short of amazing," the post says.
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