Ocala, Florida — A girl, who a witness says was dancing and laughing after she stuck his vehicle and fled, is now behind bars.
Police say Ciara L. Alonso, 18, was behind the wheel of a Ford Taurus when she struck the rear of a Chevy Silverado on East Fort King Street and kept going.
The driver of the Silverado, Richard Coming, stated that he was sitting stationary facing west on East Fort King Street waiting for the light to turn green. While waiting for the light, he was looking into his rear-view mirror and saw a vehicle approaching at a high rate of speed.
The vehicle’s speed was estimated to be 60 mph in a posted 35 mph zone.
Coming said that he removed his foot from the brake because he didn’t think the vehicle was going to stop.
According to reports, at the last minute Alonso made an abrupt turn, but was unable to avoid striking the Silverado. Police said Alonso struck the left rear of the truck, ran the red light, and fled the scene.
Coming then followed the vehicle to the intersection of East Fort King Street and 25th Avenue and took down the vehicle’s license plate number.
Coming told police that when he got close to the vehicle he could see two young females “singing and dancing around in their seats.”
Coming called police and a BOLO was issued for the vehicle.
In the meantime, Ocala police responded to the registered owner’s address and found a Marion County Sheriff’s deputy already at the scene investigating a domestic battery case.
According to the MCSO, Alonso’s family had tried to talk to her about her underage drinking.
The victim involved in the domestic battery told the deputy that Alonso began to argue and ran out into the front yard. The victim said that Alonso then got into the driver seat and Alonso’s friend, Shelby Hunley, got into the passenger seat.
According to reports, because Alonso was heavily intoxicated, the victim attempted to take the keys from her, but she punched the victim in the face several times.
Alonso then “threw” the vehicle into reverse and hit a parked vehicle as she attempted to back up the car. She then fled the scene.
The accident with the Silverado occurred a short time later.
The next morning, Ocala Police found the heavily damaged Taurus parked in front of a house on Watula Avenue.
The officer knocked on the door to the residence, and when a male opened the door, the officer saw Alonso on a mattress in the middle of the floor. When Alonso saw the officer, she immediately asked, “Am I going to jail?”
Alonso was arrested and taken to the Marion County Jail.
She denied having a passenger in the car with her.
Alonso was charged Domestic Battery and Hit-and-Run – Leave the Scene of a Crash Involving Property Damage (x2).
Alonso is scheduled for arraignment on September 2.