A teenager was arrested after he used a car to strike a victim following an argument between the two individuals.
At 11:10 p.m. on March 11, 2021, Josthin Molina Cornejo, 17, and the victim were involved in a physical altercation while inside a stopped vehicle near the intersection of 15th Street
North and 151st Avenue East in Tampa. The victim later exited the car and began walking eastbound on 151st Avenue East.
Witnesses at the scene told detectives they heard Molina Cornejo rev the engine of the car, then drive toward the victim, ultimately hitting him. The victim was transported to a local hospital, where he remains in critical condition.
“This young suspect used his vehicle as a weapon,” said Sheriff Chad Chronister. “The lives of many changed dramatically, and in just a few seconds, as a result of his unjustifiable actions. The suspect will be held accountable for the damages he caused to the lives of others.”
Molina Cornejo is facing charges of Attempted Murder in the Second Degree and Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon.