A Dec. 17 trial has been set for a former Pasco woman charged with driving over her ex-husband’s head while the two were arguing.
Adriana Maldonado, 24, pleaded innocent Tuesday in Franklin County Superior Court to one felony count of vehicular assault.
Maldonado told police she didn’t know she had hit Eduardo Perez-Razo with her vehicle in an apartment complex parking lot, according to court documents.
She claimed he simply fell from the hood after he climbed on to confront her about drinking and getting behind the wheel following a night out at a club.
Perez-Razo was in a coma for almost a month after the Aug. 4, 2013, incident, and has suffered permanent brain damage. He was not expected to survive his initial brain surgery.
Perez-Razo was at a Pasco club when he saw Maldonado. The two — who have children together — saw each other dancing with other people and both got jealous, court documents said.
When Perez-Razo noticed his ex leave the club, he became concerned that she might have been picking up their kids while intoxicated, documents said. He followed Maldonado to her North 24th Avenue apartment to confront her, and the two began arguing.
Maldonado claimed he got onto her vehicle’s hood and broke the driver’s side mirror in the process, while Perez-Razo later recalled that he was standing at the driver’s window while they fought, documents said.
Maldonado was upset and wanted to get away from her ex, so she allegedly accelerated rapidly “with a disregard for the safety of Perez-Razo,” Pasco Detective Sean Granger wrote in court documents.
He fell to the ground, and later recalled that he went slightly under the vehicle with the left rear tire driving over his head, documents said.
Perez-Razo lost consciousness and, when he came to, tried to stand and walk several times but always fell back to the ground, a witness told police.
Maldonado claimed at the time that her ex “was simply very intoxicated.” She called someone to pick him up, and a relative arrived a short time later.
It wasn’t until later that day that Perez-Razo collapsed in the hallway of a home and was rushed to the hospital.
Reports said he suffered “a severe and extreme head injury,” with a doctor saying it was consistent with being crushed. Perez-Razo couldn’t remember any significant details of what had happened until several months later.
Maldonado wrote in court documents that she now lives in Spanaway. She remains out of custody on her personal recognizance, and has been ordered to have no contact with Perez-Razo while the case is pending.