Crime

Marathon man remains jailed following arrest for hit and run with injuries

A Marathon man remained in Monroe County's jail with no bond allowed Tuesday following his weekend arrest for leaving the scene of a crash with serious injuries.

Christopher Paulson, who turns 57 on May 1 and whom jail records say is homeless, is charged with felony failure to remain at a crash with injuries and a misdemeanor count of not registering his 1997 GMC Savana. He also received a ticket for not having insurance.

His alleged victim, Constance Tyma, 49, remained hospitalized this week.

Florida Highway Patrol Trooper G.B. Perlman wrote in a media release that about 1:52 a.m. Saturday, Tyma was outside her 2002 Toyota Camry at U.S. 1 and 113th Street in Marathon while she loaded a newspaper rack with papers. Her headlights and emergency flashers were on.

Paulson was speeding east on 113th Street, blew through a stop sign where 113th and 1st Avenue meet and it Tyma's car head-one. It was then that a piece of either Paulson's Savana or Tyma's Camry struck Tyma and dragged her several feet. Her car ended up near a tree next to Centennial Bank.

It was then, Perlman wrote, that Paulson got out of his vehicle and "pulled the victim out of the roadway" before running away, apparently leaving his auto behind. He was found a few blocks away at Walgreens and arrested.

Tyma’s injuries were minor, troopers said.

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