Police: Man injured when friend drives over him

Friday, August 20, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 12:17 a.m. CDT, Monday, July 21, 2008

A Columbia man suffered extensive internal injuries when his girlfriend allegedly ran over him outside their home in north Columbia late Wednesday night, according to Columbia police.

The driver, Victoria Lynn Wampler, 47, of 1902 Cedar Cliff Drive faces charges of first-degree assault and armed criminal action, police Sgt. Stephen Monticelli said in a news release. She remained in the Boone County Jail with bond set at $200,000.

Police originally arrested Wampler on suspicion of second-degree assault, but the Boone County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office later upgraded the charges. Police continue to investigate.

The victim, David Lee Agnew, 40, suffered injuries to his upper body and was taken to University Hospital, where he underwent surgery Thursday, police said. He was listed in critical condition last night.

Wampler was originally taken into custody when she failed to pass a field sobriety test after the episode was reported. She told police she was on her way home at about 10:20 p.m. Wednesday when she hit Agnew, who she said was sleeping in a sleeping bag in the roadway outside their home.

The upgraded charges allege Wampler struck Agnew intentionally.

Cedar Cliff Drive is a gravel road that leads directly to the couple’s driveway. On Thursday afternoon, pink spray paint outside their gate marked the spot where Agnew was hit.

— Missourian staff

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