Sunday night after walking out of a house party with his girlfriend, Toni Baran, when they got into an argument. Witnesses say they saw Avera beat and choke Baran, arguing over money he claimed she had stolen from him. As others tried to intervene Avera grabbed her purse and emptied it into his pickup truck. Avera got into the truck with Baran hanging out the window when he began to back up the truck. He then pushed her out and she fell into the path of the truck’s rear wheel when Avera drove over her head. Avera drove off despite witnesses yelling at him and saying that he had to known he’d run over her because the truck, “bounced up into the air”.
Baran was taken to a hospital with a myriad of cuts, bruises and had to have her ear re-attached, but was well enough to be released.
Avera denied hitting or knowingly running over Baran, but did admit to taking the purse because of his claim that she’d stolen over $1000 from him.
via ABC Action News