POLK CITY, Fla. “A Florida woman died a week after a group of teenagers deliberately ran over her while defending her son, who was abused by teenagers as part of an ongoing romantic debate,” MPs said.
Suzette Penton, a Polktown librarian, died last week in her injuries sustained in the Nov. 9 accident, writes Polk County Sheriff’s Office.
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“Suzette Penton helped build a wonderful community (Polk City) in the work she did with the kids in the library. He’s always over and over … he used to dress and paint while organizing programs for young children in and around Polk. The inhabitants of the city knew and loved it. She was also known as a protective mother, ”said Grady Judd, Polk County Sheriff, on Tuesday.
According to a statement of arrest, Penton suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of the accident, which caused severe cerebral hemorrhage and a cranial fracture, a leg fracture, a ligament injury to his left knee, and inhaled fluid into his lungs. He did not respond before his death and intubated in the intensive care unit in a critical condition.
The sheriff said Penton was waded by a church van driven by 18-year-old Elijah Stansell, who deliberately overrun it without trying to get around or avoid the accident.
“If you watch the video, you can clearly see that he had the opportunity to back it up so he could drive around or not reach for gasoline and run over it. He didn’t cut it, Judd said. He didn’t try to turn away from him, accidentally hit him and fell. He was raised to a square and the man ran over, rolling it directly on it, under the van.
Deputies said Stansell went to Penton’s home on Nov. 9 to confront his son, who was a friend of his girlfriend, Kimberly Stone, who was recently in custody at the age of 16.
Stone and the victim’s son broke up about six months earlier, but on social media they were still embroiled in a “post-date disagreement” that caused “talking rubbish,” “laughter,” and Stone threatened Stansell to beat the boy to the sheriff.
Stone’s school tried to intervene to prevent the quarrel and decided to suspend it.
The same day he was notified of his suspension, he is accused of contacting his best friend, 14-year-old Hannah Eubank, and another friend, 16-year-old Raven Sutton, and they all went to the victim’s home with Stansell. to confront Stone’s ex-boyfriend, the records show.
Stansell drove a maintenance-type van that he regularly borrowed from Westwood Missionary Baptist, where his father was a pastor.
Records show that Stone guided Stansell on how to get to the house, and the group waited in a nearby park until Penton and his younger son began to leave. After he left, Judd said Stansell, Sutton, and Eubank went to the house and knocked on the front door. Stone remained in the van.
When the boy came out a side door to see what was happening, authorities said he was attacked.
((The boy) has no idea they’re coming up to fight. When he comes out the side door, Elijah immediately confronts him in the driveway and starts beating where a fight ensues. We see that (the boy) tried to retreat as a result of the fight or was forced into the house “Elijah (with the boy) is fighting, Raven gets a few shots during the fight, the best we can say with the video pieces we have, and Hannah takes photos or videos of that,” Judd said.
Shortly after the fight began, Penton got home and the teens went back to the van. Recognizing that something was wrong, Penton set off on a journey to photograph the van to help identify the people attacking his son.
“When he comes back, we see our driver here, along with the other two, just rushing back to the van. Suzette actually sees the fight. He gets out and goes to the van with his car. Suzanne is trying to take photos of the fleeing van. Elijah Stansell, Elijah Stansell runs over it, completely on it. There are tire marks on his body where it completely runs over it. Judd said.
The video shows that the van sped up after the accident. According to Call 911, a Polk County utility worker saw the incident and followed the van in his work vehicle until MPs were able to pull over the suspects.
“I want to stay back, I don’t know if they have a gun or what, but they just mowed down that poor lady,” the man said in a six-minute 911 call.
Judd said Stansell claimed he didn’t know he had run over Penton while Stone was very “flopping” and told an investigator he didn’t want to hear that Penton was likely to die from his injuries.
Stansell’s charge is being raised from attempted murder to murder. The other teenagers will not be charged with murder because they were not motorists at the time, but will be brought to justice as adults, not in the juvenile justice system.
“What started out with a lot of kids is going out there and he’s going to be a bandit, he’s going to be a tough man and he’s going to beat a guy because he used to date Kimberly and he became a murderer. A murder. And (Stansell) checked and could have stopped the murder, but he’s the only one, he’s the driver who ran the van in the church and killed this beautiful lady they thought so much and the city librarian.
Judd called the crime “horrible” and “meaningless tragedy”.
“You can be sure that one day we’ll see the criminal justice system hold them accountable, because whatever they understood when they started, he ended up with murder, and Suzette won’t be there when her children get married. She will never meet her grandchildren and they will not have a mother, and that should never have happened. Judd said.
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