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Spanish Fork woman on life support after being dragged, run over

Published August 28, 2013 9:31 pm

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A woman was in critical condition and on life support Wednesday night, one day after she was dragged by a truck and run over by a trailer during a fight in Spanish Fork.

The victim, 43, returned to her home, near 500 East and 350 South, about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday to find an acquaintance of her estranged husband removing a trailer of ATVs and a snowblower from her house, said deputy Utah County Attorney Craig Johnson. The two women argued over the trailer, which already was hooked to the suspect's pickup truck. The suspect got into her truck, and the victim reached through the truck window to try to stop her, said Spanish Fork police Lt. Matt Johnson.

The victim's arm became stuck in the window when the suspect drove away. The victim was dragged "a short distance" before she fell from the truck and was run over by the trailer, Matt Johnson said.

The victim was taken to a hospital, where she underwent surgery for head trauma, Craig Johnson said. A piece of her brain was removed, and she was in critical condition on life support on Wednesday.

The suspect, 53, was booked into jail on suspicion of aggravated assault, leaving the scene of an accident and other drug and traffic charges, Matt Johnson said. A judge denied bail Wednesday morning, as she already was awaiting trial on other drug charges, Craig Johnson said.