An 18-year-old girl has died after she was repeatedly ‘rammed into a tree’ during an argument with a friend that escalated on Facebook.
Tatyanna Lewis, from Chicago, was pronounced dead on the scene after a woman allegedly hit her several times while driving at full speed with her Jeep Liberty on Friday night in the city’s Morgan Park neighborhood on the south side.
Police have arrested a 24-year-old mother – who is believed to have had a child at the back of the car during the incident – but are yet to charge her. There were many witnesses at the scene at the park who saw Tatyanna – the daughter of a police officer – lay on the ground ‘helpless’ after the suspect had fled.
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Tatyanna Lewis,18, from Chicago was apparently arguing with another woman over a man during an argument that began on Facebook
The 24-year-old allegedly hit Tatyanna several times with her Jeep Liberty (pictured) while driving it at full speed with a child at the back,according to NBC
Speaking about what she saw as the tragedy unfolded, Joneise Mayfield told WGN TV: ‘When I came out the driver of the jeep was pulling on to the sidewalk.
‘She backed up and hit her again, and then she did it again, and then she just took off, she drove off.
‘It was very heartbreaking to see that, and then just to see her laying on the ground helpless, you can’t really do nothing, but call the police.’
The two women knew each other, Tatyanna’s friend said, and they had argued on Facebook, CBS reported .
‘The victim and her boyfriend were visiting and I guess the other girl, out of jealousy and envy, followed them over here and it escalated over Facebook from my understanding,’ the victim’s friend told CBS news.
Tatyanna, pictured here last November, was pronounced dead at the scene in the city’s Morgan Park neighborhood on the south side
‘It was very heartbreaking to see that, and then just to see her laying on the ground helpless, you can’t really do nothing, but call the police,’ a witness said
This picture shows the last post Tatyanna has on her Facebook wall, – which is dated on May 12 -, implying that she was expecting a woman in her area to start a fight
At around 11 o’clock on Friday night, the two women were having a heated argument about a man, according to an NBC report, before witnesses say the 24-year-old hit Tatyanna with her Jeep liberty several times.
Just hours before, Tatyanna posted an ominous Facebook post – which has now been shared 665 times – insinuating that she was expecting a woman in her area to start a fight.
‘She pulling up on the block right now, please don’t send me off,’ the post read.
Police caught the woman believed to have been driving the jeep that night, and they found her car just one and a half miles away from where Tatyanna was hit.
Even though witnesses say the argument had began on social media, police are still gathering evidence to understand the motive for the killing.
Southside Chicago residents, meanwhile, are left shaken by the tragedy.
‘To run somebody over, cold-blooded, it’s unthinkable, it’s sad,’ Chicago resident Paul Thomas told NBC Chicago.
Police are still gathering evidence to understand the motive for the killing, even though several sources are saying it was over a man. The tyre tracks from the suspect’s Jeep Liberty are still visible at the murder scene (pictured)
Chunks of the tree (pictured) where the suspect hit Tatyanna were ripped out during the incident