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Hitting ex with car nets woman 2 years

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A 22-year-old woman who ran down her ex-boyfriend in a parking lot and left him lying there with a broken leg will spend some time in prison.

Katie Miller, of the 2600 block of Florida Drive, must also pay nearly $85,000 in restitution.

Allen Superior Court Judge Fran Gull sentenced Miller on Friday to two years in prison on charges of battery with a deadly weapon, failure to stop after an accident resulting in serious bodily injury and criminal recklessness with a vehicle. In April, a jury convicted Miller of running over 21-year-old Arthur “A.J.” Zick. He suffered a compound fracture of his lower left leg. She drove off, leaving him screaming in agony in a parking lot.

The two dated for more than two years. Zick testified the volatile relationship had ended, but she had contacted him in the evening of Sept. 21, wanting to hang out.

He said that was fine but asked her to pick him up at a party, take him to pick up his puppy at a friend’s apartment in St. Joe Place student apartments and then take him home.

Before the couple arrived at the apartment complex – across from Canterbury Green and near the IPFW campus – they argued inside Miller’s PT Cruiser. He left his cellphone in her car when he got out, but she refused to give it back. As he tried to keep her from driving off, she repeatedly bumped into his shins with the bumper of her PT Cruiser.

She rammed him harder, pushing him up onto the hood, and when Zick grabbed the wiper blades, she hit the brakes and he fell to the ground.

His left leg got caught in the bumper. When he tried to move out of the way of the car, she gunned the engine and ran over his leg, causing the compound fracture, according to testimony.

Without health insurance, Zick sued Miller in December for causing his injuries.

Before the case could move forward, and before she even responded to the lawsuit, Miller filed for bankruptcy, citing largely her student loans and an “unknown” amount owed to Zick, according to court records.

On Friday, Gull ordered Miller to pay $84,488 in restitution. Criminal restitution is not easily avoided in bankruptcy.

Gull suspended Miller’s driver’s license for six months as well.

rgreen@jg.net

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