The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office has charged a hit and run driver with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon after learning she deliberately struck another woman with her car this morning in Crestview.
According to a press release from the sheriff’s office, Heather Marie Heitger, 27, of James Lee Boulevard, deliberately drove her car into Melissa Bailey, 20, near the intersection of 3rd Avenue and Ferdon Boulevard.
Witnesses say the pair appeared to be arguing before Heitger’s black Dodge Durango accelerated rapidly and hit Bailey, propelling her into a nearby gutter.
Bailey suffered serious injuries and was taken to North Okaloosa Medical
Center before being later transferred to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola.
She was last listed in critical condition.
Okaloosa deputies located Heitger’s car in an alleyway with several items placed in front of it as if to conceal it. Heitger was tracked down and told police she accidentally struck Bailey. Information gathered by authorities say that Heitger and Bailey may have been involved in a dispute over some Facebook messages.