June 20, 2013
A Destin woman has been charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon after witnesses say she deliberately hit a man in a restaurant parking lot June 15th.
Deputies were called to La Famiglia at 300 Harbor Boulevard in Destin around 9:20 p.m. after a restaurant employee directing traffic in the parking lot reported that a woman hit him twice with her SUV.
Ronald Stratton told deputies he was trying to help cars get in and out of the parking lot when he spotted a white Ford Excursion going the wrong direction and holding up traffic. He says when he told the female driver she was going the wrong way; she hit him with her car, knocking him back two to three feet. He says a passenger in the front seat yelled at him to move and then the driver hit him again, causing him to fall on the hood of the SUV and then to the ground. Two witnesses also say the driver, identified as 45-year old Kelly Gates of Destin, deliberately struck Stratton.
Gates told deputies that Stratton was yelling at her and threw a glass at her windshield.